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Amir Mohtashemi

Detail of a Vizagapatam ivory and tortoiseshell mounted book cover
India
19th century

The sandalwood hinged cover incorporating a hinged compartment entirely veneered with engraved ivory and tortoiseshell mounted with carved ivory animals against a background of densely scrolling foliage around a central roundel depicting a lion hunt in front of a Hindu temple, with silver studs, lock and hinges.

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