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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c.1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    A variety of agates and jaspers (including bloodstone), shaped and polished using abrasives.

  • Museum number:

    08278(IS) to 08278A/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These quartz hardstone plaques were produced in the mid- to late 19th century to be incorporated into jewellery and other decorative items. The cutting and polishing were traditionally achieved using bow-driven, abrasive-charged discs and wheels.

Physical description

Rectangular cabochons, with most being of similar size and proportions. Most have a flat base and low, polished dome. One is larger with a slightly concave base and an unfinished, partially-worked top.

Place of Origin

India (made)


c.1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

A variety of agates and jaspers (including bloodstone), shaped and polished using abrasives.

Marks and inscriptions


Length: 33.8 mm Smaller plaques, Width: 14.8 mm Smaller plaques, Thickness: 3.3 mm Smaller plaques, Length: 29.0 mm Larger plaque, Width: 21.1 mm Larger plaque, Thickness: 5.1 mm Larger plaque

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

A bag of twelve & a bag of thirteen unmounted, rectangular agate and jasper cabochons and plaques, India, c. 1850


Agate; Moss agate; Bloodstone; Jasper


Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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