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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2011,3014.112

  • Description

    Drawing of desk set with Gaja-Lakshmi, described as 'Laxmi Inkstand.' The backplate is made up of the arms of Gondal State. The two containers for ink and sand, as well as the figure of the goddess and the elephants are of gold; the rest is of silver.
    Pencil and watercolour on thin drafting paper mounted on thicker cartridge paper.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1920's-1930's (The year 1934 is givin in an inscription.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34.5 centimetres (of drafting paper)
    • Width: 40.5 centimetres (of drafting paper)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        Bottom
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Laxmi Inkstand in Silver Tray Laxmi devi seated on lotus in Pond at the bottom oval shape tray size 12" x 6 3/4 " N.B. only difference in the position of the elephants

        Total height 5 1/2 " Ink pots in two temples on the sides of tray.

        yellow coloured will be made of gold and rest silver
      • Inscription Comment

        From left to right.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        Reverse
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Oomersee and Sons
        art Silversmiths
        Baroda
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        Top
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        March 1934. Oomersee and Sons Art Silversmiths Baroda

        NO III Laxmi Inkstand Coat of Arms of Gondal State Screeen on Pond railing

        About Rs. 4,700/-
      • Inscription Comment

        From left to right.
  • Condition

    Folded at the bottom, and slightly torn at top.

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2011

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2011,3014.112


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