Zinc alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and brass (bidri ware)
L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Gift of Robert W. and Lockwood De Forest, 1919
Not on view
Although the technique of inlaying metal known as bidri was invented in the Deccan in the seventeenth century, and Hyderabad remained a center for this type of metalwork into the 1800s, Lucknow, in northeastern India, also became an important center for production of bidri ware in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Robert W. and Lockwood De Forest, New York (until 1919; gifted to MMA)
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 132, pp. 308-309, ill. p. 309 (b/w).