Wooden box veneered in ivory and inlaid with black lac and fine metallic mosaics in the style typical of the Indian coastal city of Vizagapatam (present day Visakhapatam) from where this technique first appeared in the mid-eighteenth century.

The wood used for the box carcass was often sandalwood, and this may be the wood used for this particular box as it retains a strong perfumed fragrance.

Physical Description

Rectangular box. Ivory panels on wooden frame inlaid with mosaic of metals. At centre of each panel, star motif. Each panel framed with stylised floral band. Hinged at back. No markings.

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