Wooden box with ivory and fine metallic inlay 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.

Although it was common to use sandalwood to construct the box, this example does not have the usual fragrance of the perfumed wood, and may instead be made from deodar cedar or Indian rosewood.

Physical Description

Elongated octagonal box. Lid alternating panels of wood and ivory radiating from central oval panel. Sides similar alternating panels. All inlaid with metal roundels. No markings.

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