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A fine indian silver Kutch or CutchVase by Oomersi Mawji. The ultimate in terms of decoration. Decorated in relief with Coriander leaves and flowers with detailed scenes of animals hunting and fighting . Four detailed images around the body of a lion attacking a bison, tiger and elephant , dogs and a wild boar and dogs and a deer. Further decoration around the outside of the rim with birds amongst leaves and flowers. Marked simply O.M Bhuj and dating from around 1890. Profusely decorated and brilliantly decorated . Fine high quality and high silver content vase by the famous indian maker. Heavy gauge . In good condition , no damage . .Approx 4.5" high and weighing approx10 troy ounces. A fine example and in collectors terms the ultimate in terms of its decoration.
Oomersi Mawji was a very famous Indian silversmith who worked in BHUJ, which is in Kutch, Gujarat (India). He was born in Gujarat and was of Indian descent. His mark is included in this directory as he was active during British domination of India and his works may be classified as "English Colonial Silver". His work is not hallmarked (in the English way) but has a high percentage of silver. His own work is marked OM and he started to be well known around 1860. He used a special process and a brief description is given in V&A Museum website. He was known worldwide and will have sold through outlets in Calcutta and Bombay. His work became very expensive and the designs had to be simplified and his sons continued this. Certainly his family’s work was sold through Liberty of London and there is a page in a catalogue giving examples.
Bhuj, Gujarat (India, north of Mumbai) c. 1890