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Covered Box with Handle
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Covered Box with Handle


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Description Mughal artists drew inspiration from nature in shaping and decorating their works. The soft and curving lines of this bowl imitate the delicate outlines of a leaf and show no evidence of the challenge of working with jade, a gemstone prized for its beauty yet notoriously difficult to carve. The top of the box is decorated with lotus flowers and carnations, and the lower section with irises. The pearl knob seems to represent a bird, animated by the artisan with eyes made of rubies (or spinels).
Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
17th century (Early Modern)
Medium
jade, pearl, rubies (or spinels), and gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.297
Measurements
Overall H: 3 1/8 × W: 4 3/4 × D: 2 1/8 in. (8 × 12.1 × 5.4 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)

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