Amulet case, Mughal period (1526–1858), 17th–19th century
Gold; L. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915 (15.95.137)
This gold and coral amulet case is decorated with the skill and precision of a master carver. Three flowers with four petals, each with a stigma made of orange coral, adorn the loops where the chain of the amulet would be strung. The body is chiseled in relief in rows of eight figures each. Some of the rows are made of carefully constructed faces and abstracted flowers placed on top of leaves. Other rows depict birds intermingled with abstracted flowers. The exact significance of this amulet is unknown, yet its power and beauty can be appreciated at a glance.