Objects
Casket in the Indian-Portuguese style. 16th cent.
Casket in the Indian-Portuguese style. 16th cent.
Number
МАЭ № 3170-3/в
Title
Casket in the Indian-Portuguese style
Ethnicity
Indians
Date
16th cent.
Collectors-person
Polovtsov Aleksandr
Collectors-organization
Material
Ebony, elephant ivory
Annotation
The art of Indian ivory carvers was world-famous already in the ancient times. In the beginning of the 16th century, the Portuguese founded their factories on the coast of South India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). They ordered furniture and various other objects to local craftsmen. Expensive caskets, cabinets and chests in the “Indian-Portuguese” style began to fill the European market. An antiquarian’s tag on the bottom of this casket indicates that it must have been bought in France. This casket displays the main peculiarities of the “Indian-Portuguese” style: its shape is European, but the complicated ornament of curly plants and images of mythical creatures, birds and small animals is typical of the Singhalese craftsmen.
Corpus
Ethnography of South and South-West Asia