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Pan Box in the Shape of a Duck

ca. 1700
India (Deccan)
Bidri (zinc alloy with inlay of brass and silver)
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); L. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
Not on view
This charming box stored the spices used for making pan, a mildly narcotic digestive whose main ingredients are betel nut and powdered lime. The form, of a sleeping duck, may be inspired by Chinese porcelains of this subject in circulation in eighteenth-century India.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Manuscripts in India: Late 13th–early 17th Century," 2004.

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