Lacquered Pen Box (Qalamdan)


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The artist Manohar, who has signed his name next to the two lovers at the top of the lid, has adorned this box with a mix of images: the woman holding a tree is taken from ancient Indian sculpture, some figures have been borrowed from European pastoral scenes, and others are derived from Iranian miniatures.

Lacquered Pen Box  (Qalamdan), Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624), Papier-maché; painted, gilded, and lacquered

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