A radiant casket made in the Koftgari technique, which is one of the most important types of South Asian metalware. Koftgari work features fine gold wire or gold leaf overlay hammered into patterns incised into the surface of an iron ground. The bottom decoration made in silver alloy foil, which unless cleaned has typically oxidised to black. Pakistan, Panjab, Sialkot or Gujrat, Kotli Loharan, ca. 1850 - 1870. Size : 16 x 11,7 cm. H : 6,8 cm. Condition : Perfect.
The last enlargements do show an "Arts of Asia" ( August 2002 ) article concerning a quite similar casket which is in the collection the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ( Southern Asian Art Council and the South and Southeast Asian Acquisition Fund M.2001.93