Attractive Kashmir tea service with handles made in the shape of a serpent. Consisting of a sugar bowl, cream jug and teapot with hinged lid. The metal base, here copper or bronze, was first engraved with special tools to create the design in relief, the grooves were later filled with glass and then embellished with additional engraving and shiny gilding. This technique is called in India "meena" or "meenakari" and was first applied by the Mughal. Condition: little partial wear to gilding, few tiny losses to enamel. cream jug with tiny dent to foot, handle of teapot bent. Dimension: teapot: 15.8 cm high x 24 cm long. Total weight: weight: c. 1'750 g.