Bidri Ware Vase. Karnataka, India, 19th- early 20th century. Sand cast alloy of copper and zinc, inlaid with pure silver wire. The alloy is oxidized through the application of a mineral paste until as dark as iron, with which it is often mistaken. This craft originated in Bidar, in the Deccan, and flourished under the 15th century Bahmani Sultanate, of which Bidar was the capital. Gaining wider appreciation under the Mughals, its manufacture spread to Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. Called a Shahi (signifying regal) vase, its shape resembles that of the musical instrument, the shenai. This type of vase is best known in the West as television's iconic genie's bottle. 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" dia. 12 oz.