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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate, moss agate, agate fossilised wood, cut and polished using abrasives.

  • Museum number:

    08279:1/(IS) to 08279:12/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These (primarily) agate plaques and cabochons exhibit a wide range of patterns and were produced in the mid- to late 19th century to be incorporated into jewellery. The cutting and polishing were traditionally achieved using bow-driven, abrasive-charged discs and wheels. It is interesting to note that one of the moss agates exhibits a degree of de-lamination where the moss-like inclusion has forced adjoining layers apart.

Physical description

A collection of oval, low-domed or flat cabochons with nine showing mossy or dendritic patterns and three being banded, one of which being agate fossilised wood, in a range of sizes.

Place of Origin

India (made)


c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Agate, moss agate, agate fossilised wood, cut and polished using abrasives.


Length: 75.7 mm Largest stone, Width: 62.0 mm Largest stone, Thickness: 3.6 mm Largest stone, Length: 14.5 mm Smallest stone, Width: 11.7 mm Smallest stone, Thickness: 2.5 mm Smallest stone

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

Collection of specimen cabochons and plaques, agate, moss agate and fossilised wood, India, c. 1850


Agate; Moss agate; Fossilised wood


Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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