Indo Persian Lacquer Box, Handpainted This petite blue and white Papier Mache trinket box. The motif is of an unknown Persian historical figure likely inspiried by a painting of a member of the Persian Royal Court in their palace. We love its hand painted quality and regal primitive design. A lovely box to hold your treasure! In very good vintage condition, minor wear typical for age and use.
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DIMENSIONS: 5" L x 3" W x 2" H
CIRCA: Mid 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Papier Mache was invented in China in about 105 A.D . Papier Mache is a French word meaning ‘Mashed paper’. It is a delicate decorative art which shows the artistic zeal of craftsmen in Kashmir. This tradition in Kashmir has its origin rooted in the 15th century when King Zain-ul-Abidin invited accomplished artists from Central Asia. The art was highly favoured by Mughal Emperors of 15th and 16th Century. About that time the art of handmade paper received a revolutionary fillip and provided a new material for the craftsmen.
In Persia, papier-mâché has was typically used to manufacture small painted boxes, trays, étagères and cases.
The important elements in Papier Mache designs are objects of nature mostly flowers and birds, particularly the kingfisher and bulbul, historical figures, animals, hunting and battle scenes, court scenes influenced by miniature paintings. Papier Mache products reflect a very subtle grammar of motif and style. Popular patterns or design motifs are the traditional ‘hazara’ or ‘thousand flowers’ and ‘gulandergul’ or ‘flower within flower’. The chinar leaf, the iris, the Persian rose, the almond and cherry blossom, the tulip, narcissus and hyacinth are also popular motifs. Border patterns such as gondur and tyond are generally geometric abstracts.