13 April 2010,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
A LARGE KHORASSAN COPPER-INLAID BRONZE MORTAR
NORTH EAST IRAN, 12TH CENTURY
Heavily cast, of octagonal cylindrical form, a wide flaring band at top and bottom, the body with a raised medial ridge, the upper and lower register decorated with copper-inlaid crescent-shaped medallions alternating with medallions engraved with winged hares and birds, the lower flange with kufic calligraphic cartouches, the rim with six radiating moulded drop-shaped petals between calligraphic cartouches inscribed with a line of kufic over floral arabesque, minor corrosion
8 1/8in. (20.5cm) diam.
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