This is a beautiful carved antique Anglo-Indian sandalwood ivory inlaid Sadeli mosaic box with beautifully carved exterior and top with stylized floral scrolls and the centre with carved image of a Kirin. The Kirin, (Qilin in Chinese) is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. The box opens to reveal the original blue velvet lining under the lid. This antique wood box has a lock but without a key and in perfect condition save for some very minor losses to edges due to age. This Sadeli sandalwood box is an early example of the technique, thought to be early 19th century or earlier. Measures 10.5inches in length and 2.5inches in height.
Sadeli mosaic is highly skilled craft, it has had a long history in India and the Middle East with early examples dating back to the 16th century. In the 1800s, it became popular as a decoration on a variety of boxes. The ancient art of Sadeli Mosaic is said to have been introduced from Shiraz in Persia via Sind to Bombay, a long time before Indian boxes appeared. Beginning in the early part of the 18th century, Indian artisans made what came to be known as Anglo-Indian boxes for the English residents living in India, who eventually brought or sent them back to England. At the beginning of the 19th century, India began exporting these boxes commercially, although not in any significant numbers until the 1850s. People valued them so highly that manufacturers of tins copied the designs on them in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The carved Anglo Indian boxes fall into two very distinctive categories: Early 19th century sandalwood boxes which were finely carved with repetitive floral and bird motifs while later 19th and 20th century wooden boxes much more crudely carved with or without late period Sadeli mosaic. Boxes from the first category are very rare.
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