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Carved rock-crystal Mughal period back-scratcher - CB.2871
Origin: India
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 15.5" (39.4cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Style: Mughal Period
Medium: Glass


Location: Great Britain
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Description
The back-scratcher is decorated by delicately inset rubies and enamel forming a radiating six- petaled lotus rosette. Mughal glass was a type of glass made in India during the Mughal period (1556–1707). Because imported Persian craftsmen were patronized by the Mughal court, Mughal glass of the 17th and 18th centuries shows an obvious indebtedness to Persian influences. Floral arabesques and sprays and, to a lesser extent, geometric motifs were popular with Mughal glassmakers. Bottles, hookah bowls, dishes, and spittoons were made in various fanciful and elegant shapes, the use of coloured glass with painted designs becoming increasingly frequent. In addition to Delhi and the provincial Mughal capitals, Kapadvanj, in Gujarat, was an important centre of glass production. - (CB.2871)

 

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