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.
Estimated to be from the early 1900