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Bidri Box for Holding Pan

Object Name:
Box
Date:
early–mid 17th century
Geography:
Attributed to India, Deccan, Bidar
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Zinc alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and brass (bidri ware)
Dimensions:
H. 3 15/16 in. (9.925 cm) W. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.3a, b
Not on view
This box was probably meant to hold pan, the digestif made of a betel leaf rolled with lime paste and spices. Its robust architectonic form, reminiscent of early Islamic architecture in India, is a perfect foil for the bold rhythms of the arabesque designs that dominate its surface.
Private collection, England; [ John Lawrence Fine Arts Inc., London, until 1996; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Radiance: Metalwork from Islamic India," September 25, 2001–May 5, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," April 20, 2015–July 26, 2015, no. 84.

Zebrowski, Mark. Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India. London: Laurence King Publishers, 1997. p. 265, ill. figs. 448ab, 496.

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 84, pp. 184-185, ill. pl. 84.



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