Artist: Shaykh Muhammad
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 1587
Mughal School
Lacquered teak wood and mother of pearl
H x W x D: 8.7 x 10.8 x 36.2 cm (3 7/16 x 4 1/4 x 14 1/4 in)
India, Gujarat state
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer

Pen box

India, lettering, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nasta'liq script, poems, writing
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Simon Digby. Facets of Indian art: a symposium held at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 26, 27, 28 April and 1 May, 1982., Autumn 1986. .
  • Simon Digby. The Mother of Pearl Inlaid Furniture of Gujerat: A 17th Century Indian Handicraft. .
  • John Renard. Islam and the Heroic Image: Themes in Literature and the Visual Arts. Studies in Comparative Religion Columbia, South Carolina. .
  • Stuart Cary Welch. India: Art and Culture, 1330-1900. Exh. cat. New York. pp. 139-140.
  • Robert Skelton. The Indian Heritage: Court Life and Arts Under Mughal Rule: Victoria & Albert Museum 21 April-22 August 1982. Exh. cat. London. p. 162.
  • The Arts of India. Ithaca, New York. pp. 178-179.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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