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Box (with floral design)

Creation date: late 17th century
Creation place: Sri Lanka

Other Information

Type: Ivory Box
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim
Accession Number: 2007.41.a-b
Dimensions: 2 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. (6.99 cm x 14.61 cm x 9.53 cm)


Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California ( - June 25, 2007)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 25, 2007 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
For centuries, Sri Lanka was celebrated for the sophistication of its ivory carving, primarily small figural sculpture and combs. With the arrival of Portuguese and Dutch traders in the seventeenth century, Sri Lankan ivory carvers began to create objects for new European markets. The sinuous floral vines decorating the surface of this container represent the style of motifs developed at this time. Its exact function is unknown, but it may have held cosmetics.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Arts of South Asia 13th - 19th century , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 12/9/2018 - 6/23/2019

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