Pāndān, jade Mughal box
India, late 17th century

Material
Engraved jade

Dimensions
Width: 15 cm
Height: 18.5 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm

This oval Mughal box is made from nephrite of rare transparency. Its lobatures have been enriched with engraved, gold-plated flowers, emphasizing its proportional harmony. The container is made of an incredibly transparent nephrite. The sides are extremely thin, and the ribbing between the lobies carved perfectly. The twelve engraved...
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Chini khāna
17th century, India

Material
Red sandstone

Dimensions
Width: 59 cm
Height: 89 cm
Depth: 4 cm

This skilfully carved panel holds, inside a mihrāb, or niche, eight registers produced in fretwork, of different shapes and sizes, in which the outlines of a number of pitchers, a vase and lidded cups can be made out. The decoration is a pleasant balance of shape, an agreeable combination of engraved levels and profiles which evoke ...
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Jali, caesura panel
18th century, India

Material
White marble

Dimensions
Width: 91 cm
Height: 146 cm
Depth: 7 cm

Rare white marble panel used as a decorative element in Indo-Persian architecture. The friezes have been carved from a single block of stone, and feature a high quality, deeply engraved pattern on both sides. The elegant, well-balanced linear interlacing of the geometric motifs deceives the monotony of the line in favour of a grating...
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Jali, caesura panel
18th century, India

Material
Red sandstone

Dimensions
Width: 100 cm
Height: 133 cm
Depth: 6 cm

Rare sandstone panel used in Indo-Persian architecture as a caesura element for the zenani-dyodhī, the part of the house reserved for women of Islamic religion and culture. The friezes have been carved from a single block of stone, and feature a high quality, deeply engraved fretwork pattern on both sides. The decoration develops in...
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Padmapāni
12th century, Bihar, India

Material
Grey schist

Dimensions
Width: 32 cm
Height: 49 cm
Depth: 16 cm

 Padmapāni is one of the most common epithets for Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion. The deity is standing in the tribhanga position or triple pose on a lotus. Her right hand indicates the sign for charity and compassion, or varada mudra. The left is holding a lotus flower, padma, her distinctive symbol. Her f...
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Diwan Bahadur P. Somasundram Chettiar
1928, Madras, India

Material
Marble

Dimensions
Width: 85 cm
Height: 168 cm
Depth: 110 cm

Sculpted in white marble, perhaps Carrara, it depicts an important Indian nobleman, Diwan Bahadur P. Somasundram Chettiar - founder The Kaleeswarar Mills LTD, Coimbatore - wearing a number of decorations. Measuring 85 cm x 110 cm x h. 168 cm, the piece was produced and is signed "BY M.S. NAGAPPA, MADRAS, 1928", one of the most import...
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Ganesh
India, Bihar, 13th century

Material
Black stone

Dimensions
Width: 36 cm
Height: 58 cm
Depth: 17 cm

Ganesh is the god depicted as a pot-bellied human being with an elephant’s head. As Nrtta Ganapati, he dances on a lotus flower-shaped base, wearing a yajnopavita, the sacrificial garment symbolising the birth of the spirit. The dance is the prototype of the activity of the creation of the universe. Ganesh is the god of wisdom and ...
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Krishna
18th century, Orissa, India

Material
Bronze alloy

Height: 19 cm

The god is cross-legged, holding a flute in his arms. The base is formed of a lotus flower. The bronze has clear signs of abrasion due to repeated worshipping rituals.
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Parsvanatha
Jain altar, dating under study, India

Material
Bronze alloy with silver and copper

Dimensions
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21 cm
Depth: 7.5 cm

Jain altar, cire perdue casting. The figure in the centre is Parsvanatha seated in meditation on simhasana, the lions' throne. Parsvanatha is depicted under Dharanendra, his yaksha and the king of snakes. The seven-headed reptile protects his meditation. There are two figures seated on either side of the lion-like throne. The female ...
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Rama
India, 18th century

Material
Bronze alloy


Rama, the king of Ayodhya and the hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana
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Serfoji II Rajah of Tanjore
India, 19th century

Material
Ivory

Width: 17 cm
Height: 21.5 cm

The portrait of Serfoji II, Rajah of Tanjore, (1798-1832) is set on an ivory lamina and engraved in bas-relief. Seated on a European-style seat, he holds his sword in his left hand. Sumptuously dressed, his clothes are completely embroidered, and jewels decorate his chest, arms, hands and turban. The handle of a knife studded with je...
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Maharajah Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV
India, 19th century

Material
Ivory, rosewood frame

Width: 16 cm
Height: 26 cm

This valuable bas-relief was produced by carving a thick ivory lamina. A young Rāja is standing beside a small table, on which there is a precious table clock. At the top of this European style clock, is the full-relief depiction of two Indian noblemen intent on conversing. A dog is peeping out from underneath the table making the s...
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Serfoji II, Rajah of Tanjore
India, 19th century

Material
Ivory

Height: 22,5 cm
Depth: 19,5 cm

This ivory plaque depicts the Rajah of Tanjore Sefoj II whilst out riding. The scene is realistic and extremely detailed. The paving, the movement of the horse and the twisting bust of the Rajah give the image elegant dynamism.
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Katār with tools
1878-9 A. D. (samvat 1936

Material
Steel with gold

Height: 47 cm

This Katār has a damasked, triple concave blade with cross grooves, a reinforced tip and gold inscriptions on the tang. Typical steel hilt, completely damascened in gold with plant shoots and twirls, with perforated crosspieces featuring floral motifs. The sheath, made of wood covered in green material has a steel tip and contains s...
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Pesh kabz
India, 18th century

Material
Steel with gold

Height: 28 cm

This top quality pesh-kabz is in excellent condition. The handle is decorated with three floral scroll ornaments in gold on each side. The decoration depicts a bird, perhaps a parrot, framed with a plant motif, near the point where the handle joins the blade. The blade has an elegant silhouette, but becomes stronger and wider at the ...
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Katār with Durga
India, 18th century

Material
Steel with gold

Height: 39 cm

The katār, has a sturdy, straight, double-edged triangular damasked wootz blade, the tip of which has been reinforced. A triangular register has been engraved on both sides of the blade, depicting a figure in bas-relief with details in gold “agemina”, emerging from a flower blooming from floral latticework which ends in a point....
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Khanjar
17th century, India

Material
Jade, wootz steel

Height: 38 cm

This splendid, rare khanjar dagger has a pistol-shaped jade hilt. The double-edged, straight wootz steel blade is slightly curved at the tip. A stylised floral motif originates from the ricasso, engraved on both sides of the blade. The plant decoration ennobles the sturdy central veining, and the engraved handle and elegant floral de...
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Hatchet with pistol
India, 18th century

Material
Iron and silver

Width: 53 cm

Steel blade with brass fretwork body featuring contrasting figures of horses, and volutes. Fastened to the frame by means of a nerved, square, ribbed gouge, with cusps set back to front. Completely damascened iron handle in silver with plant shoots, on the spherical pommel base which can be unscrewed to reveal a short dagger housed i...
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Khanjar, dagger 
India, 18th century

Material
Brass alloy


The khanjar comes from southern India. It has a double-curved, double-edged blade, and the top of the handle ends with a bird head.
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"Pan" box
18th century, India

Material
Enamelled silver

Dimensions
Width: 8 cm
Height: 5.5 cm
Depth: 6 cm

Linked to the consumption of betel leaves, more commonly known as pan, a natural astringent and digestive used both privately and for religious, domestic and public rituals, this silver, rectangular container, or pandan, has a slightly curved lid. Probably of Muslim origin, the well-balanced geometric interlacing and elegant play of ...
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Sarpech, turban ornament
18th century, India

Material
Enamelled silver

Height: 10.5 cm

The surface of this elegant, silver turban ornament is engraved and glazed. At the top, an open flower features semi-precious stones mounted using the kundan technique. A bird acts as a support and holds a small ring in its beak, from which a number of river pearls hang. The eyes and crown on its head have been produced using garnets...
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Sadeli box
Bombay, India, 1860-80

Material
Sandalwood and ivory

Dimensions
Width: 28 cm
Height: 7,5 cm
Depth: 11,5 cm

Made of sandalwood, the exterior of the box features parquetry of ivory and sadeli with designs of triangles, diamonds, circles and half circles set within borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory, with brass lock and hinges. The interior of the hinged lid is inlaid at the centre with a sadeli circle surrounded by four smaller circles. CI...
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Vizagapatam box
Vizagapatam, India, 1790 ca.

Material
Ivory and ebony

Dimensions
Width: 42 cm
Height: 19 cm
Depth: 23 cm

This box has been veneered and engraved with ivory, then embellished with lacquer in a foliate motif. The same decoration appears on the front of the drawer. This charming box is a highly decorative example of the skill of the ivory engravers working towards the end of the 18th c.. The fashion for ivory veneering began in Vizagapatam...
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Sadeli box
Bombay, India, 1860-80

Material
Ivory and sandalwood

Dimensions
Width: 29,4 cm
Height: 6,2 cm
Depth: 11,4 cm

Made of sandalwood, the exterior of the box features parquetry of ivory and sadeli with designs of triangles, diamonds, circles and half circles within borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory, with brass lock and hinges. The interior of the hinged lid is covered in orange velvet. CITES certificate
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