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Cribbage box

Cribbage box

  • Place of origin:

    Surat (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hariuvlubb, Bhowanis Hanker (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood, partly carved and inlaid with sadeli, ebony and ivory

  • Museum number:

    01146:1, 2/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This box is decorated with sadeli, a geometric micromosaic composed of various woods, metals and ivory, arranged in patterns as a border or veneer over the wooden carcass. Such work was much practised in western India, especially in and around Bombay, for which reason objects of this type were described under the blanket heading 'Bombay boxes.' The lid of the box is configured for cribbage and the interior is divided into three compartments - two for cribbage pegs and one for a pack of cards.

Physical description

Cribbage box of sandalwood, partly carved and inlaid with ivory and sadeli, within borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory.

Place of Origin

Surat (made)


ca. 1867 (made)


Hariuvlubb, Bhowanis Hanker (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood, partly carved and inlaid with sadeli, ebony and ivory

Marks and inscriptions

'Bombay Local No. 206 / Name. / Cribbage Board double Sandalwood / Place of Production } Presidency of Bombay. / Collectorate. Surat / Talooka. Town of Surat / Price Rs. 7" 8 / Exhibited by B. Hurivulubh / of Bombay, to be sold at the close of the / Exhibition'


Height: 5 cm, Width: 28 cm, Depth: 11 cm

Object history note

Exhibited at the Universal Exhibition Paris, 1867, and acquired by the India Museum for Rs. 7 - 8. Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Wall Case 30.] '01,146. CRIBBAGE BOARD. Sandalwood, ivory and mosaic border; Bombay. 6,633'

Descriptive line

Cribbage box, sandalwood carved inl;aid with ivory, Surat, c.1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jaffer, Amin Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London : V&A Publications, 2001. 416 p., ill. ISBN 1851773185, p.322, pl.138.





Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns


Furniture; Containers; Woodwork; Games; Entertainment & Leisure; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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