Silver Indian Box, Oomersi Mawji & Sons
A silver rectangular box carved in repoussé with hinged lid, two handles and standing on four scrolling feet. The lid is represented with Hunuman and Bali, the monkey gods, paying their respects to the gods Ram and Sita. The four sides of the box are decorated with various scenes inside lobed cartouches including Vishnu on Sheshnag, Vishnu as a fish slaying a demon, Krishna playing his flute among cows and Vishnu as a turtle slaying a demon. The box is decorated throughout with scrolling floral motifs, geometric patterned borders with leaves and beading to the edges. The underside of the box marked, “O.M. BHUJ”. The scrolling floral motifs and four scrolled feet on this box come from the Kutch style of work whilst the mythological scenes on the lid and sides of the box derive from the Madras Swami style by Oomersi Majji & Sons. For similar examples of Kutch and Swami work see: Vidya Dehejia, Delight in Silver - Indian Silver for the Raj' Exhibition Catalogue, New York, 2008, and Wynyard R.T. Wilkinson, Indian Silver 1858-1947, London, Wynyard R T Wilkison, 1999.