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Box and cover

Box and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Lahore (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade, fashioned, pierced, carved and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools.

  • Museum number:

    IS.9:1, 2-1896

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This box and cover have each been fashioned from single pieces of nephrite jade, which is a hard and durable material that requires patience and skill to work. Although it is a hard material, when it has been worked to give fine edges or thicknesses, it can be prone to damage by sharp impacts or significant and rapid changes in temperature. Objects such as this, fashioned from nephrite, would have been destined for wealthy or notable people.

Physical description

A box and cover, fashioned in pale greenish grey nephrite jade with flower and leaf pierced openwork over the whole body. The interior surface is smooth and polished and the exterior is further decorated with detail carved in low relief.
The box has a raised inner ring to the rim, to enable the lid to be located securely and it stands on a narrow, oval ring foot.
The cover has an integral finial handle that has been carved as a flower bud, with detail carved in low relief.

Place of Origin

Lahore (made)


19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade, fashioned, pierced, carved and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools.


Length: 106.9 mm IS.9:1-1896, Width: 75.3 mm IS.9:1-1896, Height: 24.0 to 25.7 mm IS.9:1-1896, Depth: 22.9 mm IS.9:1-1896, Length: 71.65 mm IS.9:1-1896, Width: 36.4 mm IS.9:1-1896, Length: 106.5 mm IS.9:2-1896, Width: 75.0 mm IS.9:2-1896, Height: 36.0 mm IS.9:2-1896

Object history note

This box and cover were bought from Mirza Ysuff Khan of Duke Street, London on 21st October 1896 for the sum of £25-0-0.

Descriptive line

Box and cover, oval, flower and leaf pierced openwork with detail carved in low relief, pale greenish grey nephrite jade, Lahore, 19th century

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

p. 227, cat. no. 1148
The art of India and Pakistan, a commemorative catalogue of the exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1947-8. Edited by Sir Leigh Ashton. London: Faber and Faber, [1950]




Containers; Gemstones; Hardstone


South & South East Asia Collection

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