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The surahi have been ornamented with chased motifs in the Kashmiri shawl pattern, arabesques and paisley motifs.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eKashmiri silversmiths developed their own distinctive and recognizable style of silver ornamentation where the entire body is covered with intricately chased patterns.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSurahi or water bottles made in Kashmir and derived their form from clay goblets used in the northern Punjab.  Kashmiri silver craftsmen were able to add elaborate details to this form.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThis unusual silver-gilt work is called \u003cem\u003eGanga-Jamuna,\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003eand is named after the Ganges and Jamuna rivers which are found in northern India. The Ganges has white water, whilst its tributary, the Jamuna, has water of a deep blue colour.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eGanga-Jamuna\u003c\/em\u003e is the term used to describe the combination of a silver base with a parcel gilt applied to portions in relief. The two colours – the gold and silver- create a balancing effect and give the object a “pearly radiance.” As George Birdwood put it: “Their elegant shapes and delicate tracery, graven through the gilding to the dead white silver below, which softens the lustre of the gold to a pearly radiance, gives a most charming effect to this refined and graceful work.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThis pair of Surahi is the finest example of Kashmiri silverwork we have seen, the bottles are elaborately chased and coupled with matching underplates of equal quality of design and execution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eSources: Watt, George. Indian Art at Delhi 1903. London: John Murray, 1904.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eProvenance: UK\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWeight: 2354 grams, Height: 30.5 cms, Diameter of plate: 21.5 cms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eItem: #099\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Indian Silver Water Flasks (surahi) & Underplates, A Pair, Ganga-jamuna, Kashmir – Circa 1860

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A pair of silver Surahi chased in Kashmiri shawl pattern with Ganga-Jamuna silver gilt work.

An identical pair of Indian silver surahi, (water flasks)  with matching underplates and lids attached to the bodies by chains. The surahi have been ornamented with chased motifs in the Kashmiri shawl pattern, arabesques and paisley motifs.

Kashmiri silversmiths developed their own distinctive and recognizable style of silver ornamentation where the entire body is covered with intricately chased patterns.

Surahi or water bottles made in Kashmir and derived their form from clay goblets used in the northern Punjab.  Kashmiri silver craftsmen were able to add elaborate details to this form.

This unusual silver-gilt work is called Ganga-Jamuna, and is named after the Ganges and Jamuna rivers which are found in northern India. The Ganges has white water, whilst its tributary, the Jamuna, has water of a deep blue colour.

Ganga-Jamuna is the term used to describe the combination of a silver base with a parcel gilt applied to portions in relief. The two colours – the gold and silver- create a balancing effect and give the object a “pearly radiance.” As George Birdwood put it: “Their elegant shapes and delicate tracery, graven through the gilding to the dead white silver below, which softens the lustre of the gold to a pearly radiance, gives a most charming effect to this refined and graceful work.”

This pair of Surahi is the finest example of Kashmiri silverwork we have seen, the bottles are elaborately chased and coupled with matching underplates of equal quality of design and execution.

Sources: Watt, George. Indian Art at Delhi 1903. London: John Murray, 1904.

Provenance: UK

Weight: 2354 grams, Height: 30.5 cms, Diameter of plate: 21.5 cms

Item: #099

£7,000.00
Maximum quantity available reached.

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