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Antique bloodstone / heliotrope / salt, ca 1700-1720. Probably Italian. The shape is after the salts made in Fayance, and also silver ca 1700. Some of the “utensils” used for the table would have been made of agate, bloodstone or other precious material to show off the wealth of the host.
The main saurce of bloodstone was India, and the scarsity of the material added to the rarity and the bragging right of the owner.
Measurements:79 x 56 mm height :35 mm