Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj

Vidya Dehejia, Yuthika Sharma, Dipti Khera

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Delight in Design is a richly illustrated volume that focuses on the remarkable ornamented silverware produced by Indian craftsmen during the period of the British Raj. Silversmiths created elegant silver tea services, bowls, wine and water ewers, beer mugs, and goblets to adorn the sideboard or mantelpiece in a British Raj home, creating European forms fulfilling European requirements. These same silversmiths then adopted a unique manner of embellishing these objects with a variety of different motifs that reflect local taste and carry a recognizably local pattern. This book carries a set of five essays that explore different facets of the production and consumption of Indian silver for the Raj exploring the interplay of artisanal labour, colonial taste and local design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAhmedabad
PublisherMapin Publications
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9788189995195
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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