A fine Mughal silver and brass inlaid alloy bidri Tray Bidar, Deccan 17th Century
Lot 198
A fine Mughal silver- and brass-inlaid alloy Bidri Tray Bidar, Deccan, 17th Century
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 18,547) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine Mughal silver- and brass-inlaid alloy Bidri Tray
Bidar, Deccan, 17th Century
of shallow rounded form, profusely decorated with silver and brass inlay with a central roundel containing a flowerhead, surrounded by concentric bands of flowerheads on a ground of delicate scrolling foliate vines, the rim with a band of chevron motifs
35.6 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: UK private collection.

    It is possible that this tray was made to support a huqqa base as part of a matching set or alternatively it may have been used on its own to serve a selection of different dishes in small portions known as a thali, which takes its name from the Hindi word for tray. For a discussion of the type and for comparable examples, see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, London, 1997, pp. 247-261; and also Dye III, Joseph M., The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 2001, pp. 404-5).
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