An 18th century diamond and enamelled gold pandan box with an estimate of £200,000-300,000 ($320,586-480,879) is the highlight of a sale of Indian imperial art due to take place at Sotheby's London on October 9.
The pandan box, set on a tray with eight smaller boxes, was reputedly owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad - a former territory in south-eastern India. The bejewelled and enamelled pieces were designed not only as ornamentation but to impress and reinforce the power of the Nizam's empire.
A large-scale painting titled The Adoration of Rama and Sita is another highlight. Dating to circa 1830-1840, the anonymous devotional work details the two sitting on a dais beneath a golden canopy. It is valued at £100,000-150,000 ($160,357-240,495).
The painting is set in the manner of a state portrait, and while such scenes were popular in Kangra, a former province in northern India with its own distinct style of painting, Shiva and Parvati were usually the subjects - making this example much rarer. Only one other example of a state portrait depicting Rama and Sita is known to exist.
A number of bejewelled weapons feature, most notably a dagger and scabbard from the Mughal empire circa 1700 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000 ($128,245-192,374).
The blade features a hilt in the shape of a split palmette and is covered in gemstones set in the Kundan fashion, a technique originating in the courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat where jewels are set into a gold or metal base.
A similar example sold in the US in 2006 for $260,000 against an $18,000 high estimate.
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