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An oblong ivory casket.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (City) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chand, Lala Faqir (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and pierced ivory, mounted with miniatures in gouache on ivory, with silver hinges

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. C. O'Dwyer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

From the 1840s onwards, many painters in miniature at Delhi in India were producing series of paintings depicting renowned Mughal rulers or monuments. These were aimed at the growing number of British visitors who came to the city. These miniatures were sometimes mounted in jewellery, but more commonly they were fitted on furniture or boxes of ebony or ivory, such as this example, which is intricately pierced and carved. The leading manufacturer of this type of work was Lala Faqir Chand, whose workshop was very likely to have been responsible for the production of this piece.

Physical description

The casket is carved in openwork and supported by four winged elephants. The lid fastens with silver hinges, the lock of which is missing. The casket is decorated with eight silver-mounted miniature paintings in gouache on ivory, depicting Mughal monuments. On the top: The Qutb Minar, Delhi; the Taj Mahal, Agra. At front: The Jama Masjid, Delhi; the Lahore gate of the Delhi Fort. On the back; The Moti Masjid, Delhi; the Diwan-i Khas, Delhi. On the right end: An unidentified archway. On the left end; Humayun's tomb, Delhi

Place of Origin

Delhi (City) (made)


ca. 1880 (made)


Chand, Lala Faqir (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved and pierced ivory, mounted with miniatures in gouache on ivory, with silver hinges


Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 28.5 cm, Depth: 9.5 cm

Object history note

Presented by J.C. O'Dwyer.

Dalrymple, William and Sharma, Yuthika (eds). Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857. New York : Asia Society ; New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780300176667 ; 030017666X. p. 193, cat. no. 96.

Descriptive line

Box; ivory; An oblong ivory casket with miniatures of Mughal monuments, Delhi, ca. 1880.

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.277, pl.100.
Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 226 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Ivory; Silver



Subjects depicted

Leaf; Circle; Mughal; Geometric pattern; Architecture; Forts; Elephant; Arch


Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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