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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate and jasper, cut and polished using abrasives.

  • Museum number:

    08592:1/(IS) to 08592:4/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These agate and jasper plaques and cabochons were produced in the mid- to late 19th century to be incorporated into jewellery or to be inset into other decorative items such as boxes. The cutting and polishing were traditionally achieved using bow-driven, abrasive-charged discs and wheels.

Physical description

Cut and polished stones of varied size, shape and colour. The largest piece has been badly damaged and then repaired.

Place of Origin

India (made)


c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Agate and jasper, cut and polished using abrasives.


Length: 32.3 mm 08592:1/(IS), Width: 19.8 mm 08592:1/(IS), Thickness: 3.4 mm 08592:1/(IS), Length: 34.4 mm 08592:2/(IS), Width: 14.8 mm 08592:2/(IS), Thickness: 4.1 mm 08592:2/(IS), Length: 20.4 mm 08592:3/(IS), Width: 14.6 mm 08592:3/(IS), Thickness: 4.4 mm 08592:3/(IS), Length: 87.9 mm 08592:4/(IS), Width: 72.5 mm 08592:4/(IS), Thickness: 5.7 to 7.4 mm 08592:4/(IS)

Object history note

Formerly in The India Museum in London and transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879.

Descriptive line

Four cut and polished specimens, agate, jasper and fossilised coral, one broken and repaired, India, c. 1850


Agate; Fossilised coral; Jasper


Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery


South & South East Asia Collection

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