Mother-of-Pearl Footed Bowl
Of rounded form, the inside of this mother-of-pearl bowl is decorated in the shape of a flowerhead with five petals in its centre enclosed by an outer band of eighteen panels that are pinned together with brass around the rim. Similarly, the foot attached to the bottom of the object is composed of seven pieces of pinned mother-of-pearl.
Gujarati wares made of mother-of-pearl were avidly sought after by an international elite in the Hapsburg, Ottoman, and Portuguese empires since the mid-sixteenth century. In some cases, similar dishes were accompanied by larger mother-of-pearl ewers, as illustrated by two examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (dishes: 4282-1857 and 4283-1857; ewers: 4257-1857 and 4258-1857).1
There is a very similar footed bowl held in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford (Accession Number: EA1998.1). In addition, there are examples of Gujarati mother-of-pearl dishes held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Accession Number: 2006.313) and the Freer Galley of Art in Washington, D.C. (Accession Number: F1989.69 and F1989.70).
1. Amin Jaffer. 2002. Luxury Goods from India: The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker. London: V&A Publications. pp.38-39.