early 19th century
gold, cast, enamelled and set with diamonds
The domed lid has a finial with an uncut diamond in its natural form, an octahedron, which continues an immemorial tradition in the sub-continent going back at least to the 1st century BC and which was likewise adopted by the Mughals for their court jewellery.
P. Moura Carvalho, Gems and Jewels of Mughal India. Jewelled and enamelled objects from the 16th to 20th centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XVIII, London 2010, cat.117, p.222. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.444, p.369.