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made in Iran

Postcard of Casket.
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This brass casket was made in Western Iran in the 13th or 14th century.

The casket is finely incised all-over with geometric roundels containing arabesque designs, birds and animals, and pseudo-inscriptions on the bevelled edges. All the roundels are inlaid with thin silver wire.

A considerable number of caskets of this form have survived. These may have been used as jewellery or money boxes. Its Persian (farsi) term is 'dorj'.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-204-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1890.328
Date: 12th - 13th century AD
13th or 14th century
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.75" H including handle x 6.00" L
Subject: Metalwork
Where: Middle East, Persia
Event: Paris Exhibition of 1889
Description: Casket of bronze, finely chased all-over with arabesque designs, birds and animals, and inscriptions on the bevelled edges: Persia, 12th - 13th century AD
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