The Old Bazaar

Turkish Copper Planter with Silver Inlaid Bismillahs


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 547085
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A fine example of inlaid metalwork to come from the Mamluk dynasty was this silver inlaid copper foliate planter featuring a Bismillah design, and deer on the end panels. Meticulously hand carved, then inlaid in silver, the fabrication of this type of metalwork is a dying art. I was very lucky to come across this turn of the century Mamluk revival inlaid planter.

The piece is overall in good condition, considering the age of the piece. It has four half dome feet on the bottom, and it does not appear to be made for the tourist trade. Measuring 12" long by 6" deep and 4" tall, and weighing nearly 3 pounds, this is a very substantial and well crafted container.