A large Khorasan silver-inlaid bronze Basin Persia, circa 1300-1320

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Lot 69
A large Khorasan silver-inlaid bronze Basin
Persia, circa 1300-1320

Sold for £ 2,880 (US$ 3,606) inc. premium
A large Khorasan silver-inlaid bronze Basin
Persia, circa 1300-1320
of deep rounded form, with ribbed upper sides flaring into a sharp scalloped edge, incised abundantly on a reserve of arabesque and interlace motif, the well including thirteen roundels forming a star and enclosing a miniature nine-pointed star, within a band containing six bold roundels, the band containing similar design to that on the rim
48.7 cm. diam. max

Footnotes

  • The closest comparison in decoration and shape can be drawn with two metalwares, from the early part of the 14th century, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Melikian-Chirvani, A.S., Islamic Metalware from the Iranian World, 8th to 18th centuries, London, 1982, p. 202, no.93 and p.207, no. 94. One is a basin (op.cit., p. 202, no.93) sharing the same shape with this one, which according to Melekian (ibid., p. 202) comes from earlier Persian prototypes of the late 12th to early 13th centuries. The other (ibid., p. 207, no.94), a fragmentary tray, shares very similar decoration.
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