13 April 2010,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 3,250
Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500
A SAFAVID TINNED COPPER BOWL (TAS)
IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
Of rounded form on short, slightly spreading foot, the exterior engraved with a lower band of reciprocal cusped palmettes the points of which issue small trefoils, the upper register of palmettes containing alternating animals or small trefoil leaves on a ground of floral scrolling vine, this register surmounted by a band of scrolling vine issuing flowerheads and a band of bold nasta'liq calligraphy on a similar ground, with small owner's name reading Ramazan 'Ali in a roundel towards the bottom of the bowl and on the foot, little tin remaining
8½in. (21.7cm.) diam.
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The inscription is a call to God to bless the Fourteen Innocents.
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