The Old Bazaar

Large Brass Islamic Kufic Calligraphy Script Chest

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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Pre 1920: Item # 932685
Jasmine Salon and Bazaar
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This is an exceptionally fine and large brass box. Because it is lined with wood, it is most likely for tobacco or tea. I believe it is most likely Turkish or Persian, it clearly shows some Mamluk influence in the designs. The top features a central medallion with a foliate six pointed star center, surrounded by a ring of stylized Islamic calligraphy. The ends are embellished by trefoil semi-medallions, and a foliate border along all of the edges of all sides except the bottom, which is plain. The front and back feature Kufic script over a foliate background and semi- medallions. The ends also have script and semi-medallions as well. Even the hinges and hasp are well made and profusely embellished. The little twisting latch for the hasp works perfectly and is tight. It measures 8.75" X 5" X 3.75" and weighs 3.75 pounds.