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Pot

  • Place of origin:

    India (Possibly, made)
    Iran (Possibly, made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Possibly steatite/soapstone. Cut and polished using abrasives, with turning on a bow-driven lathe.

  • Museum number:

    655-1876

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pot has been fashioned from a fairly soft material as evidenced by the fine tool marks that remain on the surfaces, showing that it was fashioned by turning on a lathe.

Physical description

A squat, round, thin-walled pot with a wide mouth and a narrower, recessed foot with rim. Fashioned in an olive green and brownish red stone of unknown composition but possibly steatite/soapstone, with a dull polish and a greasy lustre, showing residual tool marks as evidence of being turned on a lathe.

Place of Origin

India (Possibly, made)
Iran (Possibly, made)

Materials and Techniques

Possibly steatite/soapstone. Cut and polished using abrasives, with turning on a bow-driven lathe.

Dimensions

Diameter: 78.1 mm 655-1876, Height: 46.4 mm 655-1876, Diameter: 44.8 mm 655-1876, Diameter: 36.8 mm 655-1876, Thickness: 1.4 to 1.6 mm 655-1876

Object history note

This pot was bought by the South Kensington Museum for the sum of 8 shillings.

Descriptive line

Pot, squat and round, having a shallow foot with rim, olive green and brownish red, of unknown composition but possibly steatite/soapstone, India or Iran ?

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Gemstones; Hardstone

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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