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Engraved Brass Circular Pandan
Deccan, India
17th-18th century

diameter: 18.8cm, height: 10cm

This large brass box and cover was used as a pandan - to hold element of the betel or paan quid. It is from the Deccan in India and dates to the 17th or 18th
century.

It has a flared base, concave sides, and a lid that is domed and with an over-hanging rim.

It is engraved around the sides and on the cover with Indian lotus scrolling. The flattened rim of the cover is engraved with lotus petal motifs.

A pandan of similar form, slightly smaller dimensions and with different engraving work but attributed to 17th century Rajasthan is illustrated in Zebrowski
(1997, p. 269).

The pandan has a superb buttery patina. It is free of dents, holes, splits or restoration.

References:
Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 3126

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