India (Gujarat)

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On this plate, which has a wooden substrate, pearl shell in various sizes has been applied to the front and sides and secured with pins. The flower motif at the center is often found on such items. Plates as well as ewers and basins, many in shapes derived from European vessels, were produced in Gujarat for the Portuguese trade. The only dated example is a plate in Lisbon that has the year 1568 incised into the bottom. Examples are also known from royal collections in Dresden, Paris, and London.

Plate, Mother-of-pearl with copper alloy base (underside) and rim frame, India (Gujarat)

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