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Casket

Silver-gilt, wood, velvet and mother-of-pearl

Origin: The casket: probably India, Gujarat. The mounts: probably Germany

Date: The casket: second quarter 16th century. The mounts: c.1540

22.2 cm length; 15.2 cm width; 16 cm height

Provenance: Stern, Munich

Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947; EA1998.1

T. Schroder (2009), no. 451

The mother-of-pearl box was probably made in Gujarat in north-west India. This kind of mother-of-pearl mosaic was evidently much admired by courtly patrons and a number of caskets, dishes and other wares with the same distinctive pattern of tiles survive with elaborate mounts made in Nuremberg and Paris. The casket was designed to hold medicine bottles and apothecary equipment.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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