Engraved Brass Mughal Pandan
height: 10.5cm, diameter: 16.3cm
The pandan is of circular form with a convex lid, with panelled sides incised with typically Ottoman-inspired Mughal floral motifs such as stylised tulips and irises – forms reminiscent of the motifs on Ottoman Iznik porcelain. The lid shows traces of red lac colouring.
Boxes such as these were used to hold betel (
paan) which could then be presented to guests.
This example is unusually large for this type.
A smaller pandan of similar form is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (inventory no. 18 57-1985).
Pandans of similar form are in Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997, p. 273.
Inventory no.: 765
Ottoman-inspired stylised irises.
Ottoman-inspired stylised tulips.