Jewel casket

Sri Lanka, Kandy

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242

This is one of a small corpus of luxury ivory objects produced in Sri Lanka in the seventeenth century. Probably commissioned by a Dutch East India Company merchant operating in Sri Lanka, it would have been offered on the Amsterdam luxury market to grace a lady’s apartment as a container for pearls and jewels. Similar luxury goods are inventoried in European noble collections from the late seventeenth century.

Jewel casket, Ivory with silver gilt mounts, gilded metal lining, finial with garnet in gold setting, Sri Lanka, Kandy

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