Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Bracelet

Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    A variety of agates, carnelian and jaspers. Cut and polished using abrasives with the holes probably being made using a bow-driven drill.

  • Museum number:

    08420(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These hardstone items of varied colour, pattern and form were formerly components of a strung bracelet, although they have become detached as the cord has deteriorated. They were fashioned in India in the early to mid- 19th century and they represent many of the quartz hardstone materials that were available locally.

Physical description

Broken, cord-strung bracelet, comprising 17 small round beads, 10 semi-circular flat pieces of various designs, often grooved and 1 long, narrow rectangular piece with pointed ends and with carved depressions. All pieces are drilled. On a black cord except for 1 loose bead

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

A variety of agates, carnelian and jaspers. Cut and polished using abrasives with the holes probably being made using a bow-driven drill.

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.4 mm Small bead, Length: 28.0 mm Semi-circular carnelian disc, Width: 17.25 mm Semi-circular carnelian disc, Thickness: 6.5 mm Semi-circular carnelian disc, Length: 42.5 mm Rectangular moss agate, Width: 8.0 mm Rectangular moss agate, Thickness: 4.2 mm Rectangular moss agate

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

Bracelet, cord-strung, broken in a bag, various agates and jaspers, beads and other forms, India, c. 1850

Materials

Bloodstone; Carnelian; Jasper; Moss agate

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.