Attributed to India / Mango-shaped flask / mid-17th centuryAttributed to India
Mango-shaped flask
mid-17th century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Dates/Places: India
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to India
Title: Mango-shaped flask
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1634
Creation End Date: 1666
Creation Date: mid-17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Crystal
Materials and Techniques: Rock crystal set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds
Dimensions: H. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1993.18
Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1993

In spite of its modest size, this flask in the shape of a mango, adorned with gold, gems, and enameling, eloquently demonstrates the artistic standards and tastes of seventeenth-century Mughal India. Likely to have been created during the reign of Shah Jahan, the emperor who built the famous Taj Mahal, the flask expresses the seventeenth-century Mughal love of natural forms and their high quality of workmanship.

The finely balanced, elegantly drawn, and relatively spacious network of scrolling vines in gold, inset with gemstones, recalls the Mughal debt to Safavid Iran, where similar networks of scrolling vines with palmettes, blossoms, and leaves were in vogue in the sixteenth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1993.18
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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