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Writing Box with Lattice and Flower Design

Object Name:
Writing box
mid-17th century
India, Deccan, possibly Burhanpur
Wood; overlaid with dyed wool, stamped silver and gilt-copper plaques
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm) W. 16 3/8 in. (41.5 cm) Depth 12 5/8 in. (32 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
The gilded copper sheets and silver plaques covering the exterior of this box are fashioned in a classic "lattice and flower" variant of the flower style. Because of the technique of fastening the metal over the wood, the box has been attributed to Burhanpur, a city in the northern Deccan, where similar work is found in architecture.
Private collection, England; [ Terence McInerney, New York, by 1997–98; sold to MMA]
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 176, pp. 299-300, ill. pl. 176 (color).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 57, no. 2 (1998-1999). p. 11, ill. (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 276, pp. 8, 341, 388-389, ill. p. 388 (color).

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