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This fine Anglo-Indian box was crafted in Vizagapatam during the 19th Century. The rectangular box is of elongated form, set on four ebony feet and surmounted by a hinged lockable cover. The surface of the box is profusely adorned with especially fine mosaic inlays of ebony and ivory arranged in a variety of geometrical arrays. Interspersed among the mosaic inlay are twenty oval miniatures of Indian landmarks.
The top of the cover depicts, among others, the Qutab Minar; the Taj Mahal; Jami Masjid in Delhi; and the Red Fort in Delhi. The front depicts Aladdin’s Tomb and Madrasa Complex in New Delhi; Sarvatobhadra City Palace in Jaipur; and the Pearl Mosque, among others, while the back includes representations of the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur, Sikri; Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of the Private Audiences, in the Red Fort of Delhi; and Itmad-Ud-Daula’s Tomb in Agra. The left side includes Shri Hari Mandir in Sandipani, while the right portrays the tombs of Nizamudd in Auliya and Humayun in Delhi.
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