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Rock Crystal Box

Object Name:
18th century
Attributed to India
Rock crystal; inlaid with gold, inset with rubies
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) W. 3 in. (7.6 cm) D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Moses Lazarus Collection, Gift of Josephine and Sarah Lazarus, 1888–95
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This intimately-sized container, carved from rock crystal, has gold inlay and is inset with rubies. While the original use of this object remains unknown, a similar piece in the collection, made in the same technique but without the hinge, was likely used as a perfume or lime container. Small precious objects were highly valued in Mughal court culture, as they were exchanged as gifts between nobles.
The Moses Lazarus Collection, New York (until 1895; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

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