A small navette-shaped garnet cup, India, 17th Century.

This small garnet vessel most probably came from Cambay on the west coast of India.

It was part of an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), which was recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift.

Amongst a group of items in the Schedule, under the heading ‘Cornelian Coralls, Garnetts and other Stones’ appears: ‘A little Garnett Boate Cupp.’


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