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Amulet

Amulet

  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White nephrite jade, fashioned, carved and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools.

  • Credit Line:

    Gift from R. W. Skelton

  • Museum number:

    IS.22-1967

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

An amulet is made to protect the wearer from harm or misfortune, in this case it was to provide protection from palpitation. It has been fashioned in white nephrite jade and carved with recesses that would have been inset with gold and gems. Considering the materials that would have been used as well as the workmanship involved, it would have been intended for a person of some means.

Physical description

An amulet of generally oblong form with straight sides and gently, three-scalloped, rounded ends that have a small spike-like protrusion in each of the clefts. In the middle of one of the sides there is a elongated, rectangular protrusion that has a hole drilled parallel to the length of the object and lying in the same plane. Fashioned in white nephrite jade, it has been given a smooth, silky polish on both faces and the front has been carved and engraved in a flower and leaf design to give shallow cavities for the insetting and inlaying of stones and gold. There is no evidence of the setting or inlaying of materials into the amulet which suggests that the object was left unfinished.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (made)

Date

early 20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

White nephrite jade, fashioned, carved and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools.

Dimensions

Length: 45.75 mm, Width: 35.75 mm, Width: 31.0 mm, Thickness: 2.25 to 2.60 mm

Object history note

This amulet was given to The Victoria & Albert Museum by R. W. Skelton, in 1967. The records state that it was obtained from Shaikh Hakimullah of the Haqaq Tola (lit. Lapidary Quarter), Raja Darwaza in Benares (Varanasi). It also states that Shaikh Hakimullah said that it had been made by his grandfather, Haji Azzizullah alias Jullan Mian, who had died circa 1950, aged about 85 years.

Descriptive line

Amulet, oblong, carved flower and leaf design for insetting and inlay, white nephrite jade, carved, Varanasi, early 20th century

Materials

Nephrite

Categories

Amulets; Gemstones; Hardstone; Religion

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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