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Model of an Ivory inlay craftsman

1900/1935

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Wood and ivory inlay craftsmen were concentrated around Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Vadodara and Surat. This craft is known as Sadeli, a geometric micro-mosaic composed of various woods, metals and ivory, arranged in patterns as a veneer over wood. Popular in and around Mumbai for crafting boxes of all kinds- vanity cases, cash boxes, envelope boxes, these objects came to be known as ‘Bombay Boxes’.

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  • Title: Model of an Ivory inlay craftsman
  • Date: 1900/1935
  • Location: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Material: Half-baked terracotta and pigment.
  • Gallery: Industrial Arts Gallery

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