Bidriware, A Magnificent Zinc Alloy Inlaid With Silver & Brass Bidri Ware Presentation Tray (Thali), Bidar, Deccan, Central-India, Circa 17th Century.

Identification Number: 288


The presentation zinc alloy tray (Thali) is inlaid with silver and brass and decorated with floral designs, heart shaped and cloud motives, the unique raised and divided rim into parallel unites is decorated with similar flowering trees.

Condition: Some Minor later silver, brass and copper replacements.


30.5 cm across.


1- Sultans of the Deccan India 1500-1700, Opulence and Fantasy, By Navina Najat Haidar & Marika Sadar, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, please see the almost identical rim decoration of lot No. 92 exhibited on pages 178 & 190.

2- Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, By Mark Zebrowski, Please see the various examples catalogued in the Tray chapter lot nos. 419- 441, pages 246-261& 290.

3- Bidri Ware & Damascene work in Jagdish & Kamala Museum Of Indian Art, By Jagdish Mittal, Hyderabad, 2011. Please see plates Nos. 8 & 10 Pages 65-69.