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Box and lid

Box and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Mughal empire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold.

  • Museum number:

    02601&A /(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 18A []

This box of pale green nephrite jade and set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold, was made within the Mughal empire in about 1700. It would have been used to contain pan, the small quids made of betel leaves containing chopped nuts, lime and aromatic spices that are chewed throughout South Asia after meals. In courtly or aristocratic circles, guests were presented with pan to mark the end of a visit. The box was part of the important collection formed by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie and sold to the Indian Museum in 1868. It was transferred to the South Kensington Museum in 1879.

Physical description

OCTAGONAL BOX & COVER, pale green nephrite jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold.

Place of Origin

Mughal empire (made)

Date

ca. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold.

Dimensions

Width: 16 cm approx.

Object history note

From the collection of Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie

Descriptive line

OCTAGONAL BOX & COVER: nephrite jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold. Mughal, ca. 1700.

Labels and date

OCTAGONAL BOX & COVER: White nephrite jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds in gold. Mughal, 18th century. [Nehru Gallery, 2003]

Materials

Jade; Ruby; Emerald; Diamond; Gold

Categories

Containers; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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