The fascination of the Mughal kings for beautiful jalis (latticework) was not confined only to architectural decorations. It is also reflected in everyday art objects such as boxes, screens, paper cutters and combs. This intricately carved jewellery box is an example of this. The rectangular box has delicate panels of floral and geometrical patterns.
It rests on four legs each carved in the shape of a lion’s face. A very tiny lock and key are fitted to the box. The jali designs are similar to Mughal monuments like the Taj Mahal and Akbar’s tomb. The sides and top have a geometrical design with a floral motif fixed on alternate joints. The designs are carved on thin sheets of ivory with great skill.
Sir Ratan Tata Collection
Indian Decorative Art