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Seated Hindu Goddess Matchsafe, late 19th century

This is a Matchsafe. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The matchsafe developed out of the need for a safe way to carry friction matches, which were popular by 1840 but dangerous due to their tendency to combust when carried loose. This decorative matchsafe displays images in relief of a Hindu goddess on each side, seated on blank shields possibly intended to bear the owner’s monogram or crest.

This object was donated by Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener. It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

Its dimensions are

5.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

Cite this object as

Seated Hindu Goddess Matchsafe, late 19th century; probably India; silver; 5.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1208

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