15 October 2002
A SMALL SAFAVID ENGRAVED TINNED COPPER BOWL
Iran, 17th century
Of shallow rounded form with T-section everted rim, the base finely engraved with a roundel of fine interlaced arabesques entwined with flowering tendrils around a circle with the name of the owner, surrounded by a broad band of figural designs on a scrolling floral ground, the sides with a band of elegant nasta'liq inscriptions on a floral ground, a band of meandering floral vine below, part of the rim with concave band, slightly rubbed, rim slightly ground down in one area, presumably to remove a previous owner's name
5 3/8in. (13.8cm.) diam.
Nasli M. Heeramaneck, donated by Joan Palevsky
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Pal, Pratapaditya (ed.): Islamic Art, the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles, 1973, no.330, p.171.
The inscription contains a call to God to bless The Fourteen Innocents. The owner's name on the underside can be read as either 'Ali Jan or 'Ali Khan.
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