Antique mosaic box with miniatures of Indian landmarks


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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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.


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


11 cm / 4.3 inches
38 cm / 15 inches
13 cm / 5.1 inches


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