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Mother-of-pearl tray 1870-75

Mother-of-pearl shell and gold | 4.5 x 25.2 x 24.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11391

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This curious card tray was carved in Canton (modern day Guangdong, China) and mounted in India. Carved shells with typical ‘Chinese’ scenes were produced for the export market. The gold mount for this carved shell was probably made in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which had been a centre of production for mounted mother-of-pearl objects since the sixteenth century.