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  • Description

    Container made from orange-coloured gourd. Incised pattern in bands at top and bottom connected with ornamental motifs including stylised mango ('keri') detail.

  • Date

    • 19thC
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  • Findspot

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5.7 centimetres
    • Weight: 35 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Register comment: 'East Indies, N. W. [North West] Provinces. Box, formed of a very perfectly shaped gourd with incised ornament of bands, connected by pear shaped and other ornaments. White bone stopper. From Peshawur. Pres. by Dr. J. Fagor. Berlin. Oct. 11. 1879.'

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  • Additional IDs

    • As1879C2.1148a (old CDMS no.)
Box made of gourd.

Box made of gourd.

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