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Flower-Style Box with Drawers

Object Name:
17th century
Wood (poplar); overlaid with ebony inlaid with wood and incised, stained ivory
H. 11 in. W. 21 5/8 in.
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
Rows of graceful flowering plants are frequently used as a design element in Mughal art. Here, they appear alongside coiled cloud bands and flying birds. The iron handles on either side of the box are a later addition that indicate that the box was used as a traveling chest.
[ Howard Ricketts, London; until 1976; sold to MMA]
"Incense Burner with Domed Cover Islamic, Abbasid period (750–1258), 8th–9th century Bronze; cast, pierced, and incised H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm) Gr. L. 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) Attributed to: Iran Fletcher Fund, 1976 ." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36 (1975-1979). pp. 20-21, ill. (b/w).

Pal, Pratapaditya. Romance of the Taj Mahal. London; Los Angeles: Thames and Hudson, 1989-1991. no. 161, pp. 152, 154, ill. fig. 161 (b/w).

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