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Writing Box with Lattice and Flower Design

Object Name:
Writing box
Date:
mid-17th century
Geography:
Made in India, Deccan, possibly Burhanpur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood; overlaid with dyed wool, stamped silver and gilt-copper plaques
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm) W. 16 3/8 in. (41.5 cm) Depth 12 5/8 in. (32 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.434
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]
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. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013, 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. 176.

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).

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).



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