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Trade

Across the ancient trade routes through Asia, merchants carried goods, and ideas and art travelled with them. Traders settled in new areas, learned new languages, spread new technologies, and introduced religions. ACM’s trade gallery displays exquisite works of art created out of these exchanges. Ceramics and textiles, carved ivory objects, finely worked silver and gold, tortoise shell and exotic woods used to make boxes and cabinets. Objects on display range from simple everyday necessities to precious luxuries.

Mother-of-pearl casket

Mother-of-pearl casket
Gujarat, India, 16th century

It is a complete and impressive example of a hinged chest,  probably made for a European royal or aristocratic elite. Similar examples have been found in 16th-century princely collections.

 

Tortoiseshell cabinet

Tortoiseshell cabinet
Cabinet: India, ca 1700;
Stand: England, ca 1720

Produced for the European market, it is a marriage of Indian craftsmanship and European form.