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Perfume bottle

  • Place of origin:

    Lahore (made)

  • Date:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

In the 19th century many centres produced ivory artefacts in the Punjab, including Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Gujranwala, Hoshiarpur and Lahore. The articles produced for local consumption included bed posts, back-stratchers, ornamented combs and chauris (bangles). The craftsmen extended their range to meet the demands of Europeans, producing small boxes and perfume bottles. It is likely this piece was bought from the Paris Exhibition of 1855.

Place of Origin

Lahore (made)




Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter: 3 cm

Descriptive line

A scent or perfume bottle made of turned and perforated ivory.


Elephant ivory


Turned; Carved; Perforated


South & South East Asia Collection

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