Document Box

Vizagapatnam or Masulipatnam, ca.1720-40

 

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Document Box

Of rectangular form, this beautifully detailed ebony box is richly decorated with fine ivory inlay of flowers connected by scrolling vines. Centred on the cover, there is a coat-of-arms which strongly indicates that this box was made specifically for the Western European market. The cover opens upwards to reveal two elaborate silver hinges in trefoil form and a large storage space, ink well, and  hidden compartments. It also has silver mounts, handles, hinges and a lock. 

This box is typical of so-called “Vizagapatnam boxes” made during the first quarter of the eighteenth century. There is an ivory inlaid ebony box dating to 1720-30 held in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which is attributed to Vizagapatnam (Accession Number: BK-2012-1). Yet, the Rijksmuseum also attributes another similar document box to Masulipatnam (Accession Number: NG-854).

 

Document Box


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