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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal empire (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1650-1750 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pale greyish green nephrite jade, silver wire and ruby, fashioned using a variety of techniques.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This spoon has been fashioned to a high standard in nephrite jade within the Mughal empire, probably between about 1650 and 1750. The gently tapering twist to the contorted handle would have required great skill to make from a single block of nephrite, a hard and intractible material. The spiralling ribs are emphasised by silver wire, which is also applied to the flower-bud finial set with a small ruby cabochon.

Physical description

A spoon fashioned in pale green nephrite jade with a finely worked bowl, carved in the form of half of a poppy bud. The integral handle has been carved as a six-strand spiral that tapers towards the end distant from the bowl. There are strands of silver wire attached to the handle which follow each groove in the spiral. The handle is contorted, successively bending in different directions and at the end is an attached terminal that is waisted and carved in the form of a bud, with silver wire at the end together with a small, inset ruby cabochon. There is evidence of a break in the middle of the handle which has been repaired with glue or resin.

Place of Origin

Mughal empire (made)


c. 1650-1750 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pale greyish green nephrite jade, silver wire and ruby, fashioned using a variety of techniques.


Length: 136 mm +/- 1, Length: 56.7 mm, Width: 53 mm +/- 1, Width: 36.0 mm, Depth: 10.25 mm, Depth: 8.2 mm

Object history note

This spoon was bought by The Victoria & Albert Museum in 1968, from Mr. J. J. Fohan for the sum of £50-0-0.

Descriptive line

A spoon with a carved half poppy bud bowl, distorted spiral handle, pale green nephrite jade, silver wire, inset ruby, Mughal, late 17th or early 18th century


Nephrite; Ruby; Silver


Gemstones; Hardstone; Tableware & cutlery


South & South East Asia Collection

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