19C Indo Persian Pill Box featuring a Polo Game

19C Indo Persian Pill Box featuring a Polo Game.

LOVELY early 19th Century example of an Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box featuring a Polo Game.

From circa 1820.

Probably made in North India, but heavily Persian influenced.

The Box is made of a gilt metal, probably silver, engraved and chased on the sides.

The Lid is likewise gilt metal but with a large mother of pearl piece of shell inserted as its central medallion. This MOP shell is the hand-painted with a Polo scene.

It is a miniature box in Good CONDITION which makes it RARE !!!

It would have been made for export.

19C Indo Persian Pill Box featuring a Polo Game.

Indo-Persian culture” refers to those Persian aspects that have been integrated into or absorbed into the cultures of the Indian Subcontinent (hence the prefix “Indo”), and in particular, into North India, and modern-day Pakistan.

Persian influence was first introduced to the South Asia by Muslim rulers of Turkic and Afghan origin, especially with the Delhi Sultanate from the 13th century, and in the 16th to 19th century by the Mughal Empire. In general, from its earliest days, aspects of the culture and language were brought to the subcontinent by various Persianized Central Asian Turkic and Afghan rulers and conquerors,[1] amongst them the most notable being Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century AD.

Persian was the official language of the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire, and their successor states, as well as the cultured language of poetry and literature. Many of the Sultans and nobility in the Sultanate period were Persianised Turks from Central Asia who spoke Turkic languages as their mother tongues. The Mughals were also culturally Persianized Central Asians (of Turco-Mongol origin), but spoke Chagatai Turkic as their first language at the beginning, before eventually adopting Persian. Persian became the preferred language of the Muslim elite of north India. Muzaffar Alam, a noted scholar of Mughal and Indo-Persian history, suggests that Persian became the lingua franca of the empire under Akbar for various political and social factors due to its non-sectarian and fluid nature.[2] The influence of these languages led to a vernacular that is the ancestor of today’s Urdu.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Persian_culture

Polo originated in Southern or Central Asia, most likely in Iran (Persia).[4][5] Its invention is dated variously from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD.[6][7] Persian Emperor Shapur II learned to play polo when he was seven years old in 316 AD. The game was learned by the neighboring Byzantine Empire at an early date. A tzykanisterion (stadium for playing tzykanion, the Byzantine name for polo) was built by emperor Theodosius II (r. 408–450) inside the Great Palace of Constantinople.[8] Emperor Basil I (r. 867–886) excelled at it; Emperor Alexander (r. 912–913) died from exhaustion while playing; and John I of Trebizond (r. 1235–1238) died from a fatal injury during a game.[9] Naqsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan is a polo field which was built by king Abbas I in the 17th century.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is the site of a medieval royal polo field.[10]

Qutubuddin Aibak, the Turkic slave from Central Asia who later became the Sultan of Delhi in Northern India, ruled as a Sultan for only four years, from 1206 to 1210, but died accidentally in 1210. While he was playing a game of polo on horseback (also called chougan in Persia), his horse fell and Aibak was impaled on the pommel of his saddle. He was buried near the Anarkali bazaar in Lahore (in modern-day Pakistan). Aibak’s son Aram died in 1211 CE [2], so Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, another ex-slave of Turkic ancestry who was married to Aibak’s daughter, succeeded him as Sultan of Delhi.

After the Muslim conquests to the Ayyubid and Mameluke dynasties of Egypt and the Levant, whose elites favoured it above all other sports. Notable sultans such as Saladin and Baybars were known to play it and encourage it in their court.[11] Polo sticks were features on the Mameluke precursor to modern day playing cards.
A Persian miniature from the poem Guy-o Chawgân (“the Ball and the Polo-mallet”) during Safavid dynasty of Persia, which shows Persian courtiers on horseback playing a game of polo, 1546 AD

Later on, polo was passed from Persia to other parts of Asia including the Indian subcontinent, especially in the Northern Areas of present-day Pakistan (including Gilgit, Chitral, Hunza and Baltistan) since at least the 15th-16th century[12] and China, where it was very popular during the Tang Dynasty and frequently depicted in paintings and statues. Valuable for training cavalry, the game was played from Constantinople to Japan by the Middle Ages. It is known in the East as the Game of Kings.[13] The name polo is said to have been derived from the Tibetan word “pulu”, meaning ball.

LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polo

19C Indo Persian Pill Box featuring a Polo Game.

Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Condition: Very good.

Dimensions: 2.5′ diameter and 1″ tall


19C Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box

19C Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box

19C Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box

19C Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box

19C Indo-Persian Gilt Metal & Hand-painted MOP Pill Box

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