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Flower-Style Box with Drawers

Object Name:
17th century
Attributed to India
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:
Not on view
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]
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," December 17, 1989–March 11, 1990.

Toledo, OH. Toledo Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," April 28, 1990–June 24, 1990.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," August 23, 1990–November 25, 1990.

"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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