Rock Crystal Box

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

This intimately-sized container, carved from rock crystal, has gold inlay and is inset with rubies. While the original use of this object remains unknown, a similar piece in the collection, made in the same technique but without the hinge, was likely used as a perfume or lime container. Small precious objects were highly valued in Mughal court culture, as they were exchanged as gifts between nobles.

Rock Crystal Box, Rock crystal; inlaid with gold, inset with rubies

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