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December 31, 1649
Art and Calligraphy
Shah Jahan 1627–1658




Pomander 1600s–1700s Mughal India Spherical rock crystal cover with enameled silver mounts Overall: 4.5 x 3.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.) Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.349 DESCRIPTION This tiny pear-shaped vial worn tied to a sash would have held scented water or oil. The lid opens to reveal a perforated sprinkler decorated with fine filigree and colorful enamel. A popular scent was attar of roses, made from the essential oil of rose petals. PROVENANCE ?-1973 (J. J. Klejman, New York, NY, sold to Severance and Greta Millikin) 1973-1989 Severance A. [1895-1985] and Greta [Marguerite Steckerl] Millikin [1903-1989], Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art 1989- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH CITATIONS Catalogue of the Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1990. cat. 192 EXHIBITION HISTORY The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 5-September 2, 1990).

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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