Antique mosaic box with miniatures of Indian landmarks

£6,500

This superb box is adorned with intricate geometrical mosaic inlays and a series of twenty painted miniatures portraying some of India's most recognisable landmarks.

 

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Description

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.

Details

Country of Origin
Anglo-Indian
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
Period
19th Century
Style
Indian Interest, Urban Views / Townscapes
Material
Ebony, Ivory, Micro-mosaic
Colour
Black, Multi-coloured, White

Dimensions

Height
11 cm / 4.3 inches
Width
38 cm / 15 inches
Depth
13 cm / 5.1 inches

Reference:
14928

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