A gem-set enamelled gold pill Box Hyderabad or Bijapur, India, 19th Century
Lot 243
A gem-set enamelled gold Amulet Box Hyderabad or Bijapur, India, 19th Century
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 31,071) inc. premium

Lot Details
A gem-set enamelled gold pill Box Hyderabad or Bijapur, India, 19th Century
A gem-set enamelled gold Amulet Box
Hyderabad or Bijapur, India, 19th Century
of octagonal form with hinged lid and two faceted suspension elements, the lid with central inscribed spinel surrounded by triangular diamonds in the kundun technique on a green enamel ground, the sides with diamond-set elements on a red ground with green and white chequered border, the base with gold inscription on a cobalt enamel ground with border of gold flower heads on a green ground
3.6cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions comprise: on the diamonds: 'Allah'; the spinel inscribed with invocations to 'Allah Mohammad 'Ali Fatima Hassan Hussain'; the reverse with the basmalah and the nada 'ali quatrain:"Call upon 'Ali who causes wonder/ You will find him helpful in misfortune/ All anguish, all sorrow will disappear/ Through your Prophethood, through your trusteeship, O 'Ali, O 'Ali, O 'Ali!"
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