Description & Technical information

A blackened zinc alloy rectangular box, cover and tray inlaid with silver and decorated with poppies within oval cartouches and border designs; Hindi inscription inside the lid. The name bidri derives from the city of Bidar in Deccan which was the capital of the Bahmani kingdom. The poppy motif was a popular Bidar style in the mid 19th century. Click here to see a similar example of a mid 19th century bidri ware with poppy motif

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  India, Bidar
Medium: silver
Dimensions: 10 x 13 cm (3⁷/₈ x 5¹/₈ inches)
Literature: Susan Stronge, Bidri Ware: Inlaid Metalwork From India, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, p. 15, 60-61.

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art, Silver