Writing Box

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 1610-1615
Mughal School
Lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl, and silver
H x W x D: 30.9 x 40.8 x 24.8 cm (12 3/16 x 16 1/16 x 9 3/4 in)
India, Gujarat
Credit Line
Purchase - Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Fund
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer


flower, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), palm tree, writing, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

John Lawrence Fine Arts

Published References
  • Celia Heil. Lacquer Across the Oceans: Independent Invention or Diffusion?. .
  • Robert Skelton. The Indian Heritage: Court Life and Arts Under Mughal Rule: Victoria & Albert Museum 21 April-22 August 1982. Exh. cat. London. cat. nos. 549-52.
  • J. C. Harle Andrew Topsfield. Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford. cat. 98, pl. 19.
  • The Arts of India, 1550-1900: The Nehru Gallery of Indian Art. London. cat. 37.
  • Facets of Indian Art: A Symposium Held at the Victoria and Albert on 26, 27, 28 April and May 1, 1982. London. .
  • Denise Patry Leidy. Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 18, pp. 36, 61.
  • Stuart Cary Welch. India: Art and Culture, 1330-1900. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 82, pp. 139-140.
  • The Arts of India. Ithaca, NY. pp.178-180, figs. 194, 196.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum