In the art of Bidri, pure silver is inlaid against a black background made of zinc and copper to create delicate decorative patterns on items of domestic use for wealthy patrons. The term 'Bidri' is derived from Bidar (Karnataka), the earliest centre of this art tradition in India. This art form was introduced from Persia in the 14th century where it was used to embellish weapons. This tushta or sailabchi (basin) depicting the naturalized floral decoration typical of Bidri-ware from Bidar is the pride of the Museum’s Bidri collection.


  • Title: Tushta (Basin)
  • Date: 1940/1955
  • Location: Bidar
  • Physical Dimensions: D 51.5 cms
  • Material: Copper, zinc, silver wire
  • Gallery: Industrial Arts Gallery

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