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 colour of the enamels exalt the artistic quality of the pan holder, confirming the tendency of Mughal culture to favour the most refined goldsmith techniques for decorating items which, at least apparently, had nothing to do with jeweller's art. The engraved floral decoration has been created by a geometric element running round the edge of each side of the container. At the top of the pandan, a raised, open lotus flower acts as a grip for the hinged lid. A semiprecious stone is mounted in the centre of the flower.

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