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Bronze Tray with Silver Inlay - GD.042R
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 11 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high x 24.8" (63.0cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Style: Seljuk
Medium: Bronze, Silver
Condition: Very Fine


Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Description
Massive and exceptionally ornamental circular disc, embellished by various motifs and inscriptions. Shallow straight body rising to a very wide flaring rim. Finely engraved decoration consisting of an eight-petaled rosette within a central medallion on a dense background of interlacing arabesque design, encircled by a concentric register of stylised and elongated spear-shaped decorative elements between two bands of Kufik inscriptions. Raised walls, decorated by a series of fluted depressions, the large flat convex rim engraved with a repeating pattern of bands containing inscriptions on floriated scrollwork, duplicating on a smaller scale a decorative motif found also in the interior of the disc. Semi-spherical elements imitating stylised droplets decorate in relief the upper edge of each debossed depression. Surviving Islamic metalwork predominantly consists of practical objects mostly in bronze, brass and steel which are following simple shapes but are often of monumental proportions. Their decoration is usually very close-knit, often including arabesques and calligraphy, sometimes naming an owner, an artist or both, thus providing us with a precise date. The most abundant survivals from the medieval Islamic period are of objects which were appealing enough to preserve but not valuable enough as to be melted down. - (GD.042R)

 

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