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Saucer

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1800 to 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bloodstone, cut and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools, most probably fashioned on a bow-driven lathe.

  • Museum number:

    01379(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jasper, including bloodstone, is a tough and durable material but, unlike the closely related material agate, it contains various clay-like or other impurities that can make it more resistant to impact damage. This property makes jasper an ideal material for the production of attractive but functional items such as this saucer which was made in India in the mid-19th century. Unfortunately, even jasper can be damaged if the impact is severe enough - as has happened with this object.

Physical description

A saucer of circular form with a short foot that has a shallow recess and a wide rim. There is a large chip missing from the lip and hairline cracks emanating from the damage. Fashioned in bloodstone - opaque, dark green with red flecks.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

1800 to 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Bloodstone, cut and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools, most probably fashioned on a bow-driven lathe.

Dimensions

Diameter: 105.8 to 106.2 mm 01379(IS), Height: 21.8 to 23.0 mm 01379(IS), Depth: 5.5 to 6.0 mm 01379(IS), Diameter: 54.9 to 55.7 mm 01379(IS), Depth: 3.1 mm 01379(IS)

Object history note

This saucer was formerly in The India Museum in London and it was then transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case .] '01,379. SAUCER. Bloodstone. ?52'

Descriptive line

Saucer, circular, short foot with thick rim and shallow recess, bloodstone, damaged with large chip missing from lip, India, 19th century

Materials

Bloodstone

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Gemstones; Hardstone; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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