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Sri Lankan Silver Round Box & Cover

Sri Lanka
circa 1920

diameter: 12.3cm, height: 7.4cm, weight: 275g

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Provenance

UK art market

This well made round box and cover is of solid, high-grade silver. It has been chased all over with typically Ceylonese orchid and other floral and foliage motifs interspersed with panels of elephants, lions, horses, and so on.

The lid is domed and fits tightly: possibly the box was intended to serve as a powder box (for face powder). It rises to a flower-like finial.

The box sits on four ball feet. The underside is finely engraved with a mythical Ceylonese lion holding aloft a sword, which is a symbol of Sri Lanka or Ceylon as Sri Lanka once was known.

Probably, the box was made in Kandy.

The box is in excellent condition. There are no dents and no repairs. It provides testimony to the highly developed skills of Sri Lanka’s silversmiths.

References

Coomaraswamy, A.K., Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, 1956.

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