Box

Date: 19th century

Geography: Attributed to India

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
L. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915

Accession Number: 15.95.12

Description

This whimsical box was designed for making pan, an Indian digestif, and is composed of several small compartments that would each hold one ingredient. The surface of the box is delicately filigreed with quatrefoil flowers, the petals of which are filled with ivy leaf and lotus bud motifs. The knob handle appears as a carved nut sprouting from a chrysanthemum disk.

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