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São Roque – Antiguidades e Galeria de Arte

Jewellery box
Ivory and silver
Singhalese-Portuguese, mid-17th century
H 14.5 x W 31 x D 20 cm
Provenance: S. Pinto collection, Oporto
A large Singhalese silver mounted ivory box of flat and slightly protruding cover, on four turned feet. The carving quality of this casket is on a par with the best examples produced in Ceylon for the Portuguese market, until approximately 1658. Its dimensions and selection of materials, the artistic level of carving and the sophistication of silverwork make this box a unicum for its rarity and a tour de force on account of the technical and artistic quality that distinguishes it from other known pieces of the same origin