A MAMLUK REVIVAL SILVER INLAID BRASS KURSI

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A MAMLUK REVIVAL SILVER INLAID BRASS KURSI
PROBABLY SYRIA, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

Of hexagonal cylindrical form, the slightly sunken hexagonal top with raised spreading rim inlaid with silver wire forming a lattice of eight-pointed stellar and other panels each filled with finely engraved interlace designs, enhanced with silver dots, within a reciprocal trefoil stripe, the sides divided into three tiers, the upper and lower with panels of pierced scrolling designs around silver inlaid nash inscriptions, the central panels with octagonal medallions flanked by demonic portrait roundels and containing stellar interlaced bands forming panels of pierced interlace, an arched panel below, the spandrels with scrolling designs around blazon roundels formed of demonic portraits and stylised pen-cases, areas of loss to inlay
27¼in. (69cm.) high

Lot Essay

This would appear from its decoration to be the forerunner of the much more frequently encountered kursis which copy that in the name of al-Malik al-Nasir Muhammad in the Islamic Museum in Cairo
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