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Safavid Steel and Gold Sculpture of a Camel - CB.851
Circa: 16 th Century AD to 18 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9.8" (24.9cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide x 9.8" (24.9cm) depth
Medium: Steel and Gold
Condition: Extra Fine

Location: Great Britain
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A beautiful example of sculpture dating to the Safavid Dynasty of Persia. This camel showcases the artistic advancements and prowess of Persian craftsmen during the Safavid period. The sculpture is realised in steel, with distinctive decorations realised with the damascened technique, consisting in fine gold inlays in the main body of metal. The decoration departs from the back of the animal, where a flower with eight petals is realised in gold. From the flower four branched depart, one of which extends until the tail. The main decoration of the body of the camel imitates a refined drapery, and gracefully combines gold and dark grey inlays.

Safavid art is the art of the Persian Safavid dynasty from 1501 to 1722, in present-day Iran and Caucasia. It was a high point for the art of the book and architecture; and also including ceramics, metal, glass, and gardens. The arts of the Safavid period show a far more unitary development than in any other period of Iranian art. The Safavid Empire was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Iran. They ruled one of the greatest Persian empires, with artistic accomplishments, since the Muslim conquest of Persia. - (CB.851)


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