Filigree Casket with Sliding Top

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

While filigree was an established tradition in the Deccan in the middle ages, with the cultural presence of the Portuguese in the 16th century, Deccani craftsmen were exposed to a new wave of objects, which were imported from Europe. Finely drawn wires of gold and silver filigree were shaped into a variety of scrolling forms, including the buta, or flame motif, which even is present on the ornamented interior of this object. The lid of this box contains a secret compartment which slides open to hide a prized object, possibly the key.

Filigree Casket with Sliding Top, Silver filigree; parcel-gilt

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