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Casket in the Indian-Portuguese style
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The art of Indian ivory carvers was already world-famous in ancient times. In the beginning of the 16th century, the Portuguese founded their factories on the coast of South India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). They ordered furniture and various other objects from local craftsmen. Expensive caskets, cabinets and chests in the “Indian-Portuguese” style began to fill the European market. This is an excellent example.

History of the Object
An antiquarian’s tag on the bottom of this casket indicates that it must have been bought in France. This casket displays the main peculiarities of the “Indian-Portuguese” style: its shape is European, but the complicated ornament of curly plants and images of mythical creatures, birds and small animals is typical of the Singhalese craftsmen.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
black-wood, elephant ivory 
Measurements
Width 29 cm Height 28 cm Length 22,5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Sri Lanka 
Geography
Sri Lanka 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
From A.l.Shtiglits' museum 
Copyright
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Russian Federation 
Museum
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences 
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