A BRASS PANDAN, INDIA, 17TH CENTURY.
Pandan is the name for the container of the various constituents of ‘pan’, a sliver of betel nut applied with lime paste and wrapped in a betel leaf. The early pandans do not have any divisions inside and it is thought that they were for holding the ‘quids’ of prepared pan. Similar early examples are illustrated in “Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India” by Mark Zebrowski.
This hexagonal pandan, like many of the earliest examples, mimics the architecture of Mughal tombs. It is skilfully constructed and beautifully decorated in Mughal style. It is quite difficult to experience the quality of the work as the patina of centuries has now filled most of the apertures.
7.5/8 inches (19.4 cm) x 5.1/2 inches (14 cm) x 3.3/4 inches (9.5 cm) high. In very good condition with just an old split on the lid, noted in the photographs Fine original condition and now with a good patina.
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