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Bottle

Artist Culture
Indian
Period
Mughal period, 1526–1858
Date
18th century
Material
Zinc alloy with silver inlay
Associated with
Bidar, Karnataka, India, Asia
Classification
Containers, metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 120
Dimensions
height: 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
diameter of mouth: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
diameter of body: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
diameter of foot: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
80:1923
NOTES
The silver inlay on this bottle is brilliantly highlighted against the black background. The bottle is composed of a zinc alloy that turns black when bathed in an acidic solution. Originating in the city of Bidar in India, this type of vessel is known as Bidri ware. It bears the type of floral decoration that is a major theme in the arts of the Islamic courts of India.
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