Table Cabinet


The Object of the Month chosen by the followers of Soares dos Reis National Museum’s social networks was the table cabinet produced in India between 1570 and 1580.

This tortoiseshell plated item was probably intended to serve as a jewellery box. The various scenes, painted on all available surfaces – on the outside and even on the inside of the nine drawers – has a rare theme, giving the observer a window into the daily life of the Portuguese in 16th century India.

Commentary sessions were given by the collection curator, Paula Oliveira on 7th and 28th October. On October 7th and 28th, at 1:30 pm.