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MTW 1266
MTW 1266

Casket

MTW 1266

Iran, Khurasan

late 12th or early 13th century AD

MTW 1266

Casket

MTW 1266

Iran, Khurasan

late 12th or early 13th century AD

brass or quaternary copper alloy, piece cast, engraved, ringmatted and inlaid with silver, copper and a black compound

36.5 x 24cm

The slightly tapering body is decorated with bands of inscription and medallions enclosing the signs of the zodiac (represented conventionally, except for Sagittarius, which is shown as a harpy) in groups of three. The inscriptions are all benedictory, praying for blessings upon an unnamed owner. At the centre of the lid is a handsome finial in the form of a bulbous pointed dome, surmounted by a stylised Buddhist lotus and a hawk or a dove.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.104, p.97.