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Bottle with European and Indian Figures

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to India, Kota, Rajasthan
Medium:
Glass, colorless with green tinge; mold blown, painted
Dimensions:
H. 10 5/8 in. (27.0 cm) W. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.234
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
Square bottles of this type derive from Dutch and German molded vessels, which would have been imported after the Dutch East India Company established a trade factory in Gujarat in 1618. In the mid-18th century, a succesful glass factory was opened in Bhuj by Ram Singh Malam, a Gujarati craftsman who returned to India after spending time in the Netherlands. This bottle was probably produced for the Indian market and included scenes of elaborately dressed Indian and European figures in landscape.
[ John J. Klejman, until 1971; sold to MMA]
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