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Jewellery Box
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This minutely carved ivory jewellery box is an excellent example of lattice workmanship done by the Delhi ivory carvers in the beginning of twentieth century. Fitted with delicate several small panels, worked in ogee pattern and each ogee design show symmetrically arranged pair of birds’ in-betweens. The box rests on four legs each carved in the shape of elephant’s face and little lace effect can also be seen in the lower portion. The most significant aspect of this box is that the knob, hinges and even the nails have been made of ivory.

History of the Object
Intricate jaali work (lattice work) is the most significant feature of the Mughal monuments of India. Most of the Mughal monuments are extensively decorated with jaali work illustrating the geometric and floral patterns. Such designs and patterns inspire the artisans to replicate such workmanship in different mediums and ivory carving was one such material. Aesthetically carved variety of ivory artefacts like boxes, screens, combs, panels often shows exquisite jaali work very skillfully done in a naturalistic way.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ivory 
Measurements
55 x 38 x 26 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Delhi 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century 
Function
To contain jewellery/ Decorative purpose 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi 

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