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Hira Singh (active 1875)

Perfume holder circa 1870 - 1875

Gold, enamel, diamonds and pearls | 10.2 x 8.9 x 7.0 cm (parts .a and .b together) | RCIN 11423

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The components for this budshaped perfume holder appear to have been made in two different workshops, or even parts of India. The style of decoration on the four leaves of the bud, perfume bottles and base suggest that they were made in Madras, in south India. However, the silver filigree work is iconic of metalworkers in Orissa, east India.