Bonhams : An unusual Safavid figural cast brass Bowl Persia, 16th Century, with added Ottoman owner's inscription dated AH 1095/AD 1683-84
An unusual Safavid figural cast brass Bowl Persia, 16th Century, with added Ottoman owner's inscription dated AH 1095/AD 1683-84

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Lot 91
An unusual Safavid figural cast brass Bowl
Persia, 16th Century, with added Ottoman owner's inscription dated AH 1095/AD 1683-84

£ 3,000 - 5,000
US$ 3,800 - 6,400
An unusual Safavid figural cast brass Bowl
Persia, 16th Century, with added Ottoman owner's inscription dated AH 1095/AD 1683-84
of deep form with everted rim, cast in relief, the well with scrolling foliate vines forming a flowerhead surrounded by a band of cable design, the edge with an arcade of pointed arches, the openings with stylised tulips, the rim with a frieze depicting mounted hunters pursuing various quadrupeds, the outer rim with a band of cable design interrupted by a panel of inscription
32.4 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • The inscription reads: "Owner 'Abdalah"(sic).

    The shape of this unusually heavy basin is paralled by an example in the V&A which is inlaid and which is attributed to Fars circa 1588 by Melikian-Chirvani (Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World. 8-18th Centuries, London, 1982, p. 302, no. 132; Inv. no. 768-1894). It is derived from a standard model of basin in general use in Persia from the mid 13th to the mid 14th Century and which was in continuous use throughout the 16th Century.

    The rather unusual and extensive imagery on the interior walls may possibly be related to scenes from manuscript illustration, particularly to the Shahnameh.
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An unusual Safavid figural cast brass Bowl Persia, 16th Century, with added Ottoman owner's inscription dated AH 1095/AD 1683-84
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