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Container and Tray with Floral Pattern
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Container and Tray with Floral Pattern


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Description India has a rich tradition of jeweled arts. Gold and gems were used to embellish a variety of functional objects, such as boxes, spoons, pen boxes, and small containers. The most distinctively Indian approach to gem setting is the "kundan" technique, seen here, in which soft and malleable nearly pure gold is pressed around gems to hold them in place. No claws or prongs are used in this process so that surfaces may be seamlessly decorated. Craftsmen continue to use the "kundan" technique in India today.
Exhibitions
  • Islamic Jewelry. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. 1987.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 17th-18th century (Early Modern)
Medium
rock crystal, gold, rubies (or spinels), emeralds (or beryls), and silver
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Accession Number
41.256
Measurements
H: 3 3/16 x W: 4 3/8 x D: 2 11/16 in. (8.1 x 11.2 x 6.9 cm); Inkpot H: 2 5/16 x W: 2 1/16 x Diam: 2 in. (5.9 x 5.3 x 5 cm); Tray H: 7/16 x W: 4 3/8 x D: 2 11/16 in. (1.1 x 11.2 x 6.9 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)

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