Two Bronze Mughal Paan (Betel) Boxes
larger box – diameter: 11cm, height: 8cm
smaller box – diameter: 9.5cm, height: 7cm
This pair of paan boxes or pandans are of circular form with a convex lid and with deeply gadrooned sides giving them an architectural quality. A pandan of similar size and form but with less prominent gadroons can be seen in the collection of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (inventory no. 18 57-1985).
The pair have a lovely patina from use and obvious age.
Pandans of similar form are in Zebrowski, M.,
Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997, p. 273.
Inventory no.: 629