A Thewa writing box
Pratabgarh, Rajasthan, 19th century
Silver and engraved gold foiled-green enamel; the top panel with two scenes of Shiva making an offering to the goddess flanking a central Gajalakshmi, framed by panels of peacocks and figures spaced by vases issuing floral sprays. The base panels consist of scenes taken from ragamalas and the worship of Ganesha in the center front, the interior is gilded with a waved divider, and small inkwell with decorated lid.
8 3/8 x 3 x 2 in (21.6 x 7.7 x 5.1 cm)