• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A ENGRAVED BRASS PYX

    PROVINCIAL MAMLUK, 14TH CENTURY

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    A ENGRAVED BRASS PYX
    PROVINCIAL MAMLUK, 14TH CENTURY
    Of rounded shape, with bevelled hinged lid, the cast brass hinge with small geometric designs and a tapering finial, the clasp a later replacement, the decoration with clusters of three dotted roundels over a geometric lattice based on the eight-pointed star figure, the lid with further geometric composition, with remains of black inlay, one hinge possibly missing, small holes and knocks, rubbed
    3¾in. (9.5cm.) high


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    The 'Henderson box' in the British museum offers a very good comparable for the shape of the present pix. Of a similar size, cylindrical, with hinged bevelled lid, the box is datable to the reign of the Syrian ruler Badr al-Din Lu'lu' (1233-59). The decoration of another circular box in the Cleveland Museum of Art displays an almost identical geometrical lattice and was attributed to late 13th century Syria (Eva Baer, Metalwork in Medieval Islamic Art, New York, 1983, p. 133, ill. 111). The beautiful hinge, although probably not originally made for this pix, is contemporary and similar to those found on 12th and 13th century caskets from Sicily.

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