Bottle with European and Indian Figures

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464

Square bottles of this type derive from Dutch and German molded vessels, which would have been imported after the Dutch East India Company established a trade factory in Gujarat in 1618. In the mid-18th century, a succesful glass factory was opened in Bhuj by Ram Singh Malam, a Gujarati craftsman who returned to India after spending time in the Netherlands. This bottle was probably produced for the Indian market and included scenes of elaborately dressed Indian and European figures in landscape.

Bottle with European and Indian Figures, Glass, colorless with green tinge; mold blown, painted

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