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Octagonal cup with musicians and a dancer. 2005.1.00918

Octogonal cup

The eight panels of the cup are decorated with musicians and a dancer. The long curly hair and billowing clothing identify them as Central Asian. The handles are made in the form of bearded faces, also evidently foreign. The cup is the largest of the type known.

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table screen

Table screen: Gathering of scholars

This screen shows the refined scholarly taste during the Qianlong reign 乾隆 (1736–95). The narrative scenes are carved through thick layers of red, green, and ochre lacquer. The object is small enough to be set on a scholar’s table for detailed study.

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Jina

Jina

A Jina is a being who has attained the highest level of spiritual enlightenment. The Jina stands in the posture of body abandonment (kayotsarga).

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Tortoiseshell cabinet

Tortoiseshell cabinet

This large cabinet is veneered with polished tortoiseshell panels to give it an additional luminosity. The carved and gilded stand is a later addition to support the cabinet. Produced for the European market, it is a marriage of Indian craftsmanship and European form.

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Casket (Arabic)

Casket

The decoration of this casket is testimony to the materials and specialized skills used by artists in western India who made objects for Islamic markets in the Middle East and Mughal India, as well as for Europe.

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