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A QAJAR ENAMELLED GOLD AND CRYSTAL SEAL
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A QAJAR ENAMELLED GOLD AND CRYSTAL SEAL

IRAN, DATED AH 1241/1825-6 AD

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A QAJAR ENAMELLED GOLD AND CRYSTAL SEAL
IRAN, DATED AH 1241/1825-6 AD
The oval crystal seal with elegant nasta'liq inscription with date, mounted in gold for a fob with floral enamelled decoration and an inset drop-shaped panel, the stem rising up through a small pearl to the turquoise-inset inverted heart-shaped suspension loop
¾in. (1.9cm.) across
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Lot Essay

The inscription reads Kuchuk Khanum bint Muhammad Ibrahim 1241

Three of the wives of Fath 'Ali Shah were called Kuchuk Khanum. The quality of this setting and the date on the inscription would both fit such an attribution. According to Prince Sultan Ahmad Mirza, Asa'd Dowla in his Tarikh-e Asa'd, one of the three was "of the Bani Israel" and would therefore not have had a father by the name of Muhammad Ibrahim. That would leave "Kuchuk Khanum Tabrizi, who was first married to Sulayman Khan I'tizad al-Dowla" or "Kuchuk Khanum of the people of Shiraz". Unfortunately in neither case does he give their fathers' names so we cannot confirm whether this is indeed the person seal of one of the wives of Fath 'Ali Shah.
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