Silver soap ball box of flattened spherical form in two halves covered with an elaborate embossed floral pattern and blackened recessed areas. The rim of each half is a plain band, one fitting into the other.
- Made in: Lucknow
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Uttar Pradesh,Lucknow)
- Diameter: 4.7 centimetres
- Height: 4 centimetres
In the catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 412, this item was not recognised as Indian and was tentatively identified as English perhaps 18th century.
For a similar Indian soap ball box from Lucknow c.1885, See Vidja Dehejia, 'Delight in Design, Indian Silver for the Raj', exh. cat. Columbia University NY 2008 (published India, Mapin Publishing), p.178 cat.81 (J. Rudoe 5.1.2010).
19 April 1994
1983 Greasy and dirty RAR 1991 Tarnished PMM
1983 Cleaned with Detarol EDTA 10% in water. Washed with tap water. Dried with tissue. RAR 1991 Cleaned using Silvo, silver wadding polish. PMM
Prehistory and Europe
- HG.1096 (masterlist number)
Object reference number: MCT11306