Indo-Portuguese Spice Box
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Indo-Portuguese Spice Box

Amir Mohtashemi Ltd.

Date 2nd half of the 17th century

Period 1600-1750, 17th century

Origin Goa

Medium Ivory, Ebony

Dimension 19.5 x 53 x 55 cm (7⁵/₈ x 20⁷/₈ x 21⁵/₈ inches)

This exceptionally large octagonal teak box is decorated with ebony and ivory inlay of symmetrically arranged dragon-like animals with stylised floral decoration and later added gilt-bronze fittings. The decoration with stylised dragons or makaras is most likely derived from Indian mythology. The style depicted on this spice box closely resembles the Contador cabinets that were made in Goa for the Portuguese during the 17th century. The shape of the box is unparalleled in this group of Goanese marquetry furniture made predominately for the Portuguese market. The spice box depicted here is the only known example of its kind and is thus extremely rare.

Stock no.: A4384
This item contains less than 10% ivory and has been registered with Defra.

Date: 2nd half of the 17th century

Period: 1600-1750, 17th century

Origin: Goa

Medium: Ivory, Ebony

Dimension: 19.5 x 53 x 55 cm (7⁵/₈ x 20⁷/₈ x 21⁵/₈ inches)

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