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 petals which decorate the center of the lid, suggest it was once studded with precious stones, presumably rubies. The piece is an obvious example of the close working relationship between the engravers, jewelers and goldsmiths in the atelier in the Mughal courts. All the precious stones are now missing.

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