Date: 19th century
Geography: Attributed to India
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)
Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number: 15.95.12
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.