Our catalogue > Mughal & Islamic India

India is largely Hindu, but from the early 16th century, northern India was ruled by a Muslim dynasty with origins in Central Asia which became known as the Mughals.

Mughal court arts evolved as a blend of traditional Central Asian influences mixed with influence from Persia.

The items on this page are examples of Mughal and Islamic art from India. Also see our other pages devoted to other types of antique arts from India.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old UK collections. Indeed, because of its colonial past, the UK is the best place to find well-provenanced, authentic Indian antique art.

Each item is available for sale.

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9547

Indian Parcel-Gilt Silver Fish Kohl Container set with Rubies

Northern India
18th century

length: 15.7cm, width: 4.5cm, weight: 83g

Sold

Provenance

UK art market

9512

Early North Indian Pierced Silver Platter

North-West India
16th-17th century

diameter: 33.6cm, depth: 3.2cm, weight: 843g

Sold

Provenance

UK art market

9399

Exceptionally Rare Indian ‘Medicine’ Coconut Goblet with Silver-Gilt Mounts

Western India, perhaps Goa, or Mughal India
16th century

height: approximately 7.2cm, diameter: approximately 7.9cm, weight: 143g

Provenance

private collection, London,. UK; by repute, a Russian collection

9476

Exceptional Nepalese Brass Ritual Flask (Thyaka)

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
18th century

height: 32.3cm, weight: 1,994g

Reserved

Provenance

private collection, London, UK; collected in Nepal in the 1970s by the previous owner's father

9466

Mughal Zinc Cooling Bottle with Silver Mounts & Fabric Covering

Northern India
18th century

height: approximately 28cm, width: approximately 19cm, weight: 1,556g

Provenance

UK art market

6489

Deccani Silver Bullet Case & Belt Set

Hyderabad, Central India
18th century

width of silver case: 13cm, length of silver case: 10cm, depth of silver case: 14.8cm, combined weight (including leather): 483g

Provenance

private collection, England.

9435

Fine, Indian Mughal Brass Pandan

Mughal or Northern India
17th-18th century

height: 7.9cm, width: approximately 12.5cm, weight: 596g

Provenance

UK art market

8841

Northern Indian Silver Paan or Betel Box

Northern India
late 19th-early 20th century

height: approximately 13.5cm, diameter: 18.9cm, weight: 898g

Provenance

from the collection of Sir Christopher Ondaatje, UK.

9243

Unusual Silver Torque Neck Ring with Haj Associations

Northern India or Pakistan
second half of the 20th century

width: 18.5cm, weight: 143g

Provenance

UK art market

9259

Indian Carved Stone Musket Ball Mould

India
circa 18th century

length: 6cm, width: 2.3cm, combined weight: 71g

Provenance

Roy Elvis Estate Collection of Indian Arms and Armour, UK

9404

Kashmir Enamelled Brass Box

Kashmir, Northern India
circa 1880

height: approximately 36.5cm, width: 15cm, depth: 14.5cm, weight: 1,877g

Reserved

Provenance

UK art market

9071

Mughal or Deccan Scribe’s Silver Pen Box (Kalamdan)

Mughal, Northern India or Deccan
18th century

length: 21.2cm, weight: 225g

Provenance

UK art market

9114

Unusually Massive Mughal Brass Ewer (Aftaba)

North India
17th-18th century

height: 36.5cm, length (from spout to handle): approximately 38cm, weight: 4,426g

9277

Massive Indian Silver Flask (Surahi)

Rajasthan, India
late 19th century

height: approximately 48cm, width: approximately 28cm, weight: 2,980g

Provenance

UK art market

9003

Mughal Brass Filigree Rosewater Sprinkler

Northern India or Deccan, India
circa 1760

height: 32.3cm, width: 8.1cm, depth: 5.5cm, weight: 474g

Provenance

Scottish art market

9102

Rare, Mughal Gilt-Decorated Steatite Flask (Surahi)

Northern India
17th-18th Century

height: approximately 31.8cm, diameter: approximately 13.5cm, weight: 1,341g

Provenance

private collection, England.

8727

Lucknow Niello & Enamelled Perfume Flask

Lucknow, India
circa 1780

length: 8.5cm, width: approximately 3.5cm, weight: 28g

Provenance

UK art market

9033

Indian Mughal Brass Pandan

Mughal, northern India
17th century

height: 7.8cm, width: 12.5cm, weight: 882g

Provenance

UK art market

8996

Pair of Pashtun, Pierced Silver Bracelets

Pashtun People, North-west Pakistan
early 20th century

diameter: widest at approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 132g

Provenance

private collection, London.

8722

Indian Gold & Diamond Pendant Necklace

India
late 19th century

length (of pendant): 6.4cm, width: 2.5cm, weight (including cord): 32g

Provenance

UK art market

8793

Pair of Lucknow Enamelled Silver Bazuband Boxes

Lucknow, India
18th century

width of individual boxes: approximately 6.1cm, length (including loops): approximately 11.8cm, depth: 2.2cm, combined weight (including cords): 159g

Provenance

UK art market

8809

Gold, Enamelled Bazuband Pendant set Jade, Diamonds, Rubies & Emeralds

Hyderabad, India
circa 1850

length: 8.8cm width: 3cm, weight: 26g

Sold

Provenance

UK art market

8813

Indian Jaipur School Painting of Exercising Wrestlers

Bikaner, India
circa 1760

width: 19cm, length: 25.2cm

Provenance

UK art market

8723

Indian Gold and White Sapphire Necklace

India, probably Uttar Pradesh
late 19th century

circumference: maximum 80cm, length of gold boxes: approximately 3.1cm, weight: 90g

Provenance

UK art market

4563

Large, Indian-Islamic Carved Wooden Koran Stand

Northern India
19th century

length (when flattened): 92cm, width: 31.3cm, weight: 4,894g

Provenance

private collection, London.

7099

Enamelled Silver Pandan

North India
circa 1900

height: 5.3cm, diameter: 6.3cm, weight: 147g

Provenance

UK art market

6737

Kashmiri Pierced, Chiselled Bronze Pen Case

Kashmir, India
18th century

length: 26.5cm, depth: 9.8cm, height: 7.5cm, weight: 879g

Provenance

UK art market

6904

North Indian Parcel-Gilt Silver Rosewater Sprinkler

Northern India
19th century

height: 30.8cm, width: 8.7cm, depth: 6.9cm, weight: 250g

Provenance

UK art market

7119

Pair of Mounted, Large, Gilded Silver Lucknow Fish Elements

India, probably Lucknow
18th-19th century

width (individually): approximately 45cm, height: approximately 28.5cm; display stand's width: 48cm, depth: 20cm, height: 44cm

Provenance

UK art market

6097

Indian Reverse-Glass Painting of a Courtly Scene

Chinese artist, Northern India
mid-19th century

width: 50.5cm, length: 35.3cm

Provenance

private collection, London, UK

6439

Portable Brass Indian Fish-Shaped Hookah Base

North India
18th-19th century

length: 14.5cm, weight: 392g

Provenance

UK art market

6442

North Indian or Mughal Silver & Enamel Chess Set

Northern India
19th century

2.2cm-4cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

6986

Enamelled & Gilded Silver Scabbard End-Fitting or Chape

India, probably Lucknow
18th century

length: 11cm, width: 2.2cm, weight: 33g

Provenance

UK art market

7019

Glass Hookah Base for the Indian or Ottoman Market

Europe, probably France or Bohemia/Czech
circa 1860

height: 25cm, width: 13cm, weight: 571g

Provenance

UK art market

6088

Thirteen Indian Brass Jewellery Moulds

Northern India
circa 19th century

combined weight: 612g

6205

Pair of Cuff Bracelets

Northern India or perhaps Pakistan or Afghanistan
late 19th century

heights: 9.7cm, diameters: 8.5cm, internal diameters: 5.5cm-6.3cm, combined weights: 490g

Provenance

UK art market

6226

Unusual Deccan, Engraved, Silver-Gilt Dagger Locket

Deccan, India
17th century

length: 7.9cm, width: 5.2cm, weight: 60g

Provenance

art market, London

6001

North Indian Velvet Jacket with Fine Zardozi Embroidery

Northern India, possibly Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
19th century

width across arms: 78cm, length: 40cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6143

Carved Mughal Jade with Gold & Turquoise Mounts

Delhi, Northern India
circa 1620 (Jade) & circa 1850 (Mounts)

width: 6.3cm, height: 5.4cm, thickness: 0.3cm, weight: 31.64g

Provenance

UK art market

6102

Unusual South Indian Inscribed Bronze Ewer

South India, probably Andhra Pradesh
17th-18th century

height: 34.3cm, width: 25cm, depth: 14.5cm, weight: 2,623g

Provenance

UK art market

5922

Four Engraved Engraved Silver-Clad Bedstead Charpoy Legs

Northern India
19th century

heights: 32.5cm diameters at base: 13cm

Provenance

UK art market

5771

Pair of Mughal Double-Headed Steel Belt Hooks

Northern India
17th century

heights (without stand): 9.8cm, heights with stands: 13.5cm & 15cm

Provenance

UK art market

4972

Northern Indian Silver Dangling Wedding Earrings

Himachal Pradesh, Northern India
early 20th century

length: 13cm, width: 9cm, combined weight: 106g

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

5089

Rare Indian Coco-de-Mer Ewer

India
Circa 17th century

height: 45cm, width: 25cm, thickness: 18cm, weight: 3,070g

Provenance

UK art market

5246

Pair of Punjabi Engraved Silver Anklets

Punjab, India/Pakistan
19th century

max. exterior width: 13.2cm, combined weight: 332g

Provenance

UK art market

5242

North Indian or Persian Cast & Inscribed Bronze Hawking Drum

Persia or Northern India
17th-18th century

diameter: 17.5cm, height: 12cm

Provenance

UK art market

3026

Rare Indian Lucknow Enamelled Silver & Leather Hookah Base

Lucknow, India
18th century

height: 20.2cm, diameter of base: 14.8cm, weight: 611g

Provenance

UK art market

3663

Rare, Mughal Indian Gilded Chased & Engraved Silver Opium Poppy Pod-Shaped Chilam Cover

Rajasthan or Mughal, India
18th century

diameter: 8cm, height: 6.4cm, dimensions of marble stand: 14cm x 11cm x 2cm

Provenance

UK art market

4540

Maharaja’s Parcel-Gilt Silver-Plated Processional Fly Whisk Holder

India
19th century

length: 38cm, weight: 262g

Provenance

UK art market

1335

Rare Matchlock Gun with Gold & Silver Mounts

Coorg, South India
18th century

length: 142cm

Provenance

UK art market

2462

Silver-Gilt Mughal Horse Trappings

India
18th-19th century

length/height: 51cm, width: 23.5cm, weight: 1,222g

Provenance

UK art market

2463

Silver-Gilt Mughal Horse Trappings

India
18th-19th century

length: 120cm, weight: 1,592g

Provenance

UK art market

4761

Flexible Silver Armlet (Bazuband)

Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century

length of silver band: 17cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 112g

Provenance

UK art market

4795

Flexible, Pierced, Silver Armlet (Bazuband)

Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century

length of silver band: 16cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 256g

Provenance

private UK collection.

1569

Mughal Brass Ewer (Aftaba)

North India
18th century

height: 36.2cm, width: 26.2cm, weight: 2,557g

Provenance

UK art market

1715

Exceptionally Fine Indian Deccan Parcel-Gilt Silver Filigree Pandan

Deccan, India
18th century

height: 5cm, length: 9.6cm, weight: 77g

Provenance

UK art market

4240

Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription

India
18th-19th century

length: 11.9cm, height: 6cm, width: 8.5cm, weight: 332g

Provenance

UK art market

4485

Bell-Shaped Silver-Inlaid Bidri Hookah Base

Lucknow, India
circa 1850

height: 17cm, diameter: 18.8cm, weight: 2,163g

Provenance

UK art market

5472

Indian Enamelled Gold Earrings with Emeralds & Pearls

India
19th century

length: 2.7cm, combined wight: 4.98g

Provenance

UK art market

4969

Pair of Indian Silver Earrings (Balti Bali)

Kashmir & Jammu, Northern India
early 20th century

width: 3.2cm: combined wight: 13.12g

Provenance

Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

4979

Pair of Indian Silver Flower-Form Ear Plugs

India, probably Delhi
19th century

diameters: 3cm, combined weight: 13.49g

Provenance

Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

6251

Exceptional, Rare & Large Dutch East Indies Pandan-Shaped Silver Filigree Toiletry Set, Box, Cover & Tray

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

diameter of tray: 28cm, diameter of box: 19.5cm, height of assembled set: 15.8cm, weight: 2,254g (2.254kg)

Provenance

private collection, London; acquired in London prior to that.