Around the lid: Qur’an, chapter CXIV (al-nas)
On the top: Qur’an, chapter XCIV (al-inshirah), verses 1-3.
A comparable example also designed in openwork, but composed of gilt-copper, is illustrated in M. Zebrowksi, Gold, Silver, & Bronze from Mughal India, London, 1997, p.267, no.455. The inscriptions on the present example suggest that it was most probably produced for a Muslim patron. Another example, very similar to the one published in Zebrowski, was sold at Christie’s London, 20 October 2016, lot 119, attributed to the Deccan, eighteenth century.