This circular salver is decorated with five pairs of fish interspersed with flowers around a central roundel with another pair of fish. The technique used is zarbuland (high relief) chased silver where metal is laid over a lead pad to provide high relief.
The fish and fish-scale pattern is a very popular motif in bidriware, particularly in Lucknow and Bidar. The fish was the royal emblem of the Nawabs of Awadh. Their banner consisted of a metal representation of a fish borne upon a pole, with two circular gilt bells attached to it. The Nawabs employed the fish design on their architecture as well as other objects of day -to- day use.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection.
Indian Decorative Art
Bidri – metal alloy inlaid with silver
19th Century CE
Diameter 28.2 cm