Lapidary Works of Art




    late 19th - early 20th centuries

    Agate, mother-of-pearl, gems, gold; carving, polishing, fixing

    Height 12.7 cm

    Vase is made of agate and possibly some other unknown materials at the base, which is then further overlaid with mother-of-pearl tiles set in place with glue and gold rivets. Characteristic incised motifs on the agate neck are adorned with semi-precious stones rimmed in gold. Agate, mother-of-pearl, gems, gold and gem encrusted vase is a superb example of North western Indian decorative mother-of-pearl art from the Mughal period from the 16th century onward. This work was endemic to the Province of Gujarat that was also a major agate center for over 2000 years.