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A QAJAR JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD EAGLE PENDANT
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A QAJAR JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD EAGLE PENDANT

IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

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A QAJAR JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD EAGLE PENDANT
IRAN, 19TH CENTURY
The bird rendered heraldically with inset rubies in its breast and tail and emeralds on the wings, smaller rubies forming the eyes and on the crown of the head, the wings with shaded pink enamelled feathering, and areas of green, the breast with radiating blue feathers, the pink head with white beak, the reverse with a variaty of floral sprays on a gold ground, the wings, tail and bead with suspended seed-pearls, with pendant loop, good condition
2 5/8in. (6.6cm.) long
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Lot Essay

A very similar example of a Qajar eagle pendant is in the Khalili Collection (Stephen Vernoit, Occidentalism, London, 1997, no. 146, p. 193). A further example with original matching suspension band is in the Benaki Museum, Athens (Anna Balian (ed.), Benaki Museum, A Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art, Athens, 2006, no.239, p.176). It is interesting to compare the treatment of the subject with that in India (see for example lot 371) or even further west, in Morocco (see an example sold in these Rooms 17 april 2007, lot 342).

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