Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form

Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form

1600 to 1700 India

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A Mogul Indian Ivory Pen or Paint Box of Rectangular Form
Probably Gujarat
Traces of pink, blue and green pigments to the interior once compartmentalised, the mounts now lost
Aged smooth and mellow patina, ivory and metal pins
Early 17th Century

Size: 24cm wide, 9.5cm deep, 6cm high – 9½ ins wide, 3¾ ins deep, 2½ ins high
Provenance: Ex English Private collection
The arts of the book, especially illumination, painting and calligraphy are generally considered to be the most important arts in any Muslim culture and Mughal India was no exception. Most miniature painters were also, or had been, calligraphers and pen or paint boxes containing reed pens, ink spoons, brushes, paint pigments, rulers and knives were made in ivory, wood or metal to satisfy the demand from artists and scribes working for the Mughal court. Analogous in function to the painting of icons in the Eastern Church, the art of illumination in Mughal India directly revealed the divine word.
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