An Indian cornelian shallow bowl, 17th Century.

This little bowl which is second from the right in the image, most probably originated from Cambay on the west coast of India, 2.6cm diameter.

Cambay was an important port in the 17th Century and also the centre of the Indian hardstone industry, as it still is today.

There were many cornelian pieces in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, the inventory itemising a large bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

It is probable that this was one of ‘Two Little Round Cornelian Cupps’ listed under the heading: ‘Cornelian Coralls, Garnetts and other Stones.’


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