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Writing cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    Mysore (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved sandalwood, with brass lock and silvered brass hinges; tray and drawers lined with red velvet

  • Museum number:

    02296:1, 2/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This virtuoso cabinet is typical of the highly skilled sandalwood-carving workshops of Mysore in southern India. By the 19th century the hereditary craftsmen working here, the Gudigar, were regularly producing articles to satisfy growing European demand. This particular piece depicts both Hindu deities such as Lord Krishna, and biblical scenes, including Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Place of Origin

Mysore (made)

Date

ca. 1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved sandalwood, with brass lock and silvered brass hinges; tray and drawers lined with red velvet

Dimensions

Height: 65 cm, Width: 59 cm, Depth: 41 cm

Descriptive line

Carved sandalwood writing cabinet made in Mysore, with a brass lock and silvered brass hinges.

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.153, fig 15
p.237, cat. no.298
Bryant, Julius, Editor. Art and Design for All: The Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN 9781851776665

Materials

Sandalwood; Brass; Velvet

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Elephant; Leaves; Lion; Squirrel; Parrot; Foliation; Birds; Peacock; Animals; Monkey; Horses

Categories

Furniture; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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