This is a superb late 19th-century North India Parsi antique box.
The lid top embellished with a hand decorated, solid silver embossed plaque, the silver acid tested and shows 875/1000, typical silver standard of Persian silver. The decoration depicts Faravahar, the winged symbol of Zoroastrianism, the religion of the Parsi community.
'....probably undertaken in Surat, north of Bombay. The top is inset with a repoussed silver plaque in Persian style but almost certainly made in Bombay by one of several silver-smithing firms that catered to the local Parsee community. It includes a central figure of (Faravahar) the winged Parsee deity Ahura Mazda, and representations of the sacred fire. By the early twentieth century, there were three main Parsee silver shops in Bombay that specialised in making Parsee-themed ritual items for the local community. The plaque is similar to plaques that were commissioned to be attached to the doors leading to a room of particular religious significance in a Parsee fire temple, quite possibly the prayer hall or fire chamber, shows a serving priest (boyvara) tending the sacred fire in the fire chamber of a fire temple and affixed to the double doors leading to the chamber are a series of plaques similar to the example here atop the box here.' Ref: michaelbackmanltd.com/3513.html
A rare original silver mounted Parsi sadeli wooden box.
DIMENSION: 16.7cm x 9.5cm (6 1/2" X 3 3/4"). Height 5.2cm (2") approx.
CONDITION: Great condition with minor age related wear.
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