Footwarmer, Bidar
Late 19th to early 20th century 

In the art of Bidri, pure silver is inlaid against a black background made of zinc and copper to create delicate decorative patterns on items of domestic use for wealthy patrons. The term 'Bidri' is derived from Bidar (Karnataka), the earliest centre of this art tradition in India. It was introduced from Persia in the 14th century where it was used to embellish weapons.

This foot warmer depicting the naturalized floral decoration typical of Bidri-ware from Bidar is the pride of the Museum’s Bidri collection. Hot water would be poured into the base and the steam rising through the perforated lid would keep warm the feet of some wealthy patron.