Description India has a rich tradition of jeweled arts. Gold and gems were used to embellish a variety of functional objects: boxes, spoons, pencases, and small containers. To decorate this covered container and tray, floral patterns are carved into the rock crystal and then lined with silver foil. Although never seen, the silver serves two functions: first to reflect light back through the rubies and emeralds; and, second, to prevent seeing the decoration through the transparent rock crystal. Positioned in the lined recesses, the gems are set by pressing strips of pure gold foil around the perimeter. Gold is cold welded by pressing and burnishing, resulting in a gem nestled in a smooth gold surround without bezels or prongs. This distinctly Indian technique of gem setting is called "kundan", from the Hindi word meaning pure gold. The remaining decorative channels are filled with gold in the same manner to form the vines or tracery. Indian artisans continue to use the "kundan" technique today.
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Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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