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Specimens

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agates, bloodstone, jaspers and fossilised wood. Cut and polished using abrasives, possibly employing a bow-driven, rotating disc or wheel.

  • Museum number:

    08282:1/(IS) to 08282:28/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These quartz hardstone cabochons 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

A collection of cabochons in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Agates, bloodstone, jaspers and fossilised wood. Cut and polished using abrasives, possibly employing a bow-driven, rotating disc or wheel.

Dimensions

Length: 31.6 mm 08282:1/(IS), Width: 26.5 mm 08282:1/(IS), Depth: 9.5 mm 08282:1/(IS), Length: 36.5 mm 08282:2/(IS), Width: 20.8 mm 08282:2/(IS), Depth: 7.1 mm 08282:2/(IS), Length: 51.6 mm 08282:3/(IS), Width: 11.7 mm 08282:3/(IS), Depth: 6.0 mm 08282:3/(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

Cabochons, agate, bloodstone, jasper & fossilised wood, varied size and shape, India, c. 1850

Materials

Agate; Bloodstone; Fossilised wood; Jasper; Moss agate

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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