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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 246

    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED AND INLAID WATERED STEEL KASHKUL

    BY HAJJI ABBAS, IRAN, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A QAJAR GOLD DAMASCENED AND INLAID WATERED STEEL KASHKUL
    BY HAJJI ABBAS, IRAN, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The form taken from the coco-de-mer shell, the midriff with a band of cartouches alternating with roundels containing a naskh inscription in gold within a decorated border, the upper surface with densely flowering vine around the figures of two dervishes with gold inlaid details flanking an inscription cartouche, a smaller signature cartouche below, the underside with stepped cusped concentric medallions with gold details, the hinged brass loops each end for a suspension chain with turquoise inset details
    10½in. (26.5cm.) long


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    The inscription on the top contains a verse from the Gulistan of Sa'di and the signature of Haji 'Abbas. Round the body are verses in Persian in praise of the kashkul including the name of the maker, 'Abbas. It also includes the number 1202. Were this to be a date it would equate to 1787-8 AD which is too early for the style of engraving.

    Please see the note to the previous lot which discusses the dating of these kashkuls in more detail.

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