Covered Box (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

19th century
Jaipur gold and enamel alloy
Overall: 1 1/4 × 2 1/8 × 2 1/8 in. (3.18 × 5.4 × 5.4 cm)
This octagonal gold box with its colorful, jewel-like enameling is from the princely state of Jaipur. Delicate floral motifs in red, green, and blue cover its surfaces. Unlike the nearby Lucknow example (Container for Spices or Cosmetics, 68.8.140), in which the areas around the floral ornament are left unenameled, Jaipur artisans preferred to surround decorative motifs with a solid ground of monochrome enamel, here white. Characteristic of Jaipur enamelwork is the use of a luminous ruby-red enamel, which looks particularly handsome against this box's gold body.
Gift of the Estate of Ailsa Mellon Bruce
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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