Bidri pandan

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Floral motifs appear in much of the decorative art of North India and the Deccan in the Mughal period. This box for pan (a chewing-quid of betel leaf and areca nut, popular throughout India) consists of two equal sections, each with a row of elegant Mughal flowers. Bidri wares are named after the city of Bidar in India, where this type of metalwork originated. Cast from an alloy of zinc, copper, tin and lead, which was inlaid with silver or brass, they were then chemically blackened to create rich contrasts between the silver inlay designs and the matt black ground.


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