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Indian; Ratlam

Opium box circa 1875

Silver gilt, gold and glass | 2.8 x 6.2 x 5.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11537

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This box for storing opium is set with a plaque of green glass fused with a pierced sheet gold showing the Hindu deity Krishna and the gopis (cowherds). Ratlam in central India was a prominent centre for the production of these decorative gold and glass plaques and was also known for opium cultivation.