Decorated Silver Scroll Holder from a Rajasthan Princely State
Such holders were used as the "envelopes" to hold letters written on cloth or paper. The silver container was sealed and carried by foot couriers / horsemen to the recipient. The container was held in both palms with the hands stretched out at the shoulder level at the time of handing it over.
Hand made by silversmith, hand decorated.
The base material is silver.
From one of the provinces of Rajasthan.
Opens at one end.
Lined with enamel on the inside.
The narrow ends on both sides have usage related wear.
Age unknown but estimated to be 50-60 years old
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.