Dewdrop Bidriware Box
The Dewdrop box is an exploration of the familiar dome shape found across historic Islamic architecture and artefacts. This version in Bidriware keeps the usual Bidriware inlay ornamentation to a minimum so as to keep the focus on the rich black curves of the teardrop form. Being a classic, timeless shape, the box is an apt companion for small treasures, or simply on display as an example of the beauty of Bidriware.
The Dewdrop box is part of a series of objects developed with highly skilled and awarded Bidri craftspeople from Bidar, Karnataka. Over the entire collection, details studied from a recorded history of Bidri objects have been re-interpreted in a modern context.
The craft of Bidriware involves the inlay of pure silver (or other soft metals) onto the surface of a cast nickel alloy form which is subsequently oxidised to a rich black colour leaving the inlaid silver untouched and in stark contrast. The process dates back to ancient Persia and carries the globally recognised Geographical Indication tag.
Material: Zinc alloy, Silver, Copper
Size: 88 mm (diameter) x 70 mm (height on table) +/- 2 mm
Note: Dimensions may vary very slightly from piece to piece. Silver and copper shall portray a tendency to tarnish. This is natural and a sign of their authenticity. Pieces may exhibit minute marks of their handcrafted process.
Care: Avoid continued contact of outer surface with moisture/water. Silvo® or Brasso® may be used to polish silver/copper inlaid areas, though there is appreciable beauty in simply letting the effect be.
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