Friday, March 12, 2010

Silver Kettle and Zaharmor (Serpentine)

Guest post by Man Mohan Munshi ji. 
The following exquisite items have been with his family collection since 1880s.

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 A silver kettle of old Kashmiri workmanship with a
serpentine(Zaharmor) cup from Central Asia
 Both article are more than a century old.

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Update from Man Mohan ji:
Some time back a friend from Face book had suggested that the ZAHARMOR  cup from my collection shown along with the silver kettle  was of made of ONYX. The mini tumbler  seen here is of Onyx- which is a calcareous rock of sedimentary origin  often depicting bedding as seen in the said tumbler while as Zaharmohar is a recrystallized rock of  of altered pyroxenes.
Onyx tumbler to the left and Zaharmor to the right

3 comments:

  1. I have the online version of this book (digitised by Microsoft) , If any of the readers want it , just send me an email with your information.

    Orzuv

    Dr. Raj Pandita'
    Los Angeles, CA

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  2. I mean the book: 'The Charm of Kashmir' (1920) by V.C. Scott O'connor.

    Also the title should be Zaharmohr Cup - since Zaharmohar is the kind of rock (resembling Jade)of which the cup is made.

    I remember many many years back we visited Pragati maidan in Delhi for some trade show and there I found beautiful Zaharmohra tea set in the Pakistan Stall , which I bought for Rs. 700. I later gifted it to the Gynaec who delivered by son the same week.

    Love

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  3. Thanks for the comment! Here's the link for the book: 'The Charm of Kashmir'

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