Historical period(s)
17th century
Mother of pearl and brass
H x W x D: 3.8 x 26 x 26 cm (1 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in)
India, Gujarat state
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, lotus
Provenance research underway.

Lustrous mother-of-pearl objects made by the artists of Gujarat were avidly sought by an international elite that included Mughal, Ottoman, and Hapsburg emperors. These iridescent plates depict lotuses, an ancient Indian symbol of purity.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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