An Indian jasper bowl, 17th Century.

The bowl is of fine green stone with russet and cream markings and was probably from Cambay on the west coast of India.

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

Green and red jasper of the blood-stone type was frequently called heliotrope at this time and the entry is for: ‘a Less Heliotropian Round Cup of Severall Colours.’


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