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    Sale 2105

    European Furniture, Works of Art, and Tapestries: Including Jansen: The Past Reimagined

    7 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 42

    A SICULO-ARABIC GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED IVORY CASKET**

    SICILY, 12TH 13TH CENTURY

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    A SICULO-ARABIC GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED IVORY CASKET**
    SICILY, 12TH 13TH CENTURY
    With scrolled decoration overall
    3½ in. (9 cm.) high, 4¾ in. (12 cm.) wide, 3 in. (7.5 cm.) deep


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    A related casket, also attributed to Sicily, was exhibited in 1985 ('The Unity of Islam, exh. cat., London and Riyadh, 1985, no. 174, pp. 196-7). With slightly different proportions, it shares with the present example the use of concentric roundels as decoration. Other examples are known of this shape, some of which are painted. A notable Spanish example, showing the geographical spread of such pieces, with Arabic inscription around the cover, is in the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan, Madrid (Higuera, Teresa Prez: Objetos-e Imagines de al-Andalus, Madrid, n.d., p.30).

    Another similar casket, but with more elaborate mounts, was sold Christie's, London, 15 October 2002, lot 77.

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    Please note that this lot incorporates materials from an endangered species and will require an export license issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for export.