Peacock Casket


Crafts Museum

Crafts Museum
New Delhi, India

The Mayur phorua, literally "peacock box", a creation of the nomadic Ghantrar metalsmiths of the region and cast in lost wax technique is generally used to store valuables and is consequently equipped with a lock.

The crowned peacocks perched on the lid are characteristic of the region.


  • Title: Peacock Casket
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1900/1910
  • Location: Orissa
  • Physical Dimensions: Brass, 29 cm x 24 cm
  • Provenance: Orissa
  • Type: Metal casting
  • Rights: Text : Jyotindra Jain, Aarti Aggarwala. Museums of India, National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Limited, 1989.ISBN 0-944142-23-0 Photograph by : Pankaj Shah
  • Gallery: Crafts Museum collection

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