Bidri Silver Box
Bidri is a metal handicraft that started in Bidar, India in the 14th century. Silver is overlaid or inlaid to decorate objects made of an alloy of zinc and copper. The base is created by pouring molten metal into a mould, and then it is polished. Designs are then carved into the base and silver is hammered into the patterns. Earlier bidri work, such as this one, depict floral motifs with Persian influence.
Circa: 19th century
Material: Silver inlaid on an alloy of zinc and copper
Inventory number: BX1183