In A.D. 1405, the last remains of Tamerlane— founder of the Timurid Dynasty of south-central Asia—were laid to rest in a deep crypt under an enormous slab of jade at the Gur Emir Mosque of Samarkand (now part of Uzbek in the Soviet Union). Although broken through the middle at some time in the distant past, the slab is still there, measuring 7 feet, 8 inches long and weighing 1,800 pounds. It is of the darkest kind of green jade, well polished, and completely covered with inscriptions. The slab rests on a white marble base and obviously was originally quarried some 600 miles to the east of Samarkand, in the ridge of Raskendaria in Yar-kand, the Sinkiang source of Chinese nephrite.
KeywordsLake Baikal Region Personal Ornament Deep Crypt Jade Artifact Waste Stone
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