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A Deccani carved stone jar with cover, India, 17th century
carved with bands of overlapping floral palmettes, the stepped cover with petals
22.7cm. height
23.4cm. diam.
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Carved in a distinctive Indian stone with cooling properties, this receptacle would have been used to chill liquids. It can be admired for the naturalistic rendering of the lotus petals, belonging to a long tradition of stone carving from Andhra Pradesh. The concentric bands of the cover recall the lotus rosettes from the crossbar of the second and third century Buddhist site of Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, one of which is now in the British Museum (see London 1982, p.96, no.6). The lotus was not just a decorative element but had ancient associations with fertility and birth, representing a continually evolving unity.

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