Lacquered Pen Box

Maker: Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)

Object Name: Pen box

Date: late 17th–early 18th century

Geography: Possibly made in Deccan or Northern India

Medium: Papier-maché; painted, gilded, and lacquered

Dimensions: 1 3/16 x 1 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. (3 x 3.8 x 23.3 cm)

Classification: Lacquer

Credit Line: Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.416a, b


The artist Manohar, who has signed his name next to the two lovers at the top of the lid, has adorned this box with a mix of images: the woman holding a tree is taken from ancient Indian sculpture, some figures have been borrowed from European pastoral scenes, and others are derived from Iranian miniatures.