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Amulet Box

Arts of the Islamic World

On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
MEDIUM Gold, polychrome enamel, and repoussé decoration
  • Place Made: Iran
  • DATES 19th century
    DYNASTY Qajar
    PERIOD Qajar Period
    DIMENSIONS 7/8 x 1 7/8 in., 0.1 lb. (2.3 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mrs. Carl L. Selden and an anonymous donor in memory of Charles K. Wilkinson and Special Middle Eastern Art Fund
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1986, provenance not yet documented; by 1986, acquired by Spink and Son, Ltd., London, United Kingdom; December 18, 1986, purchased from Spink and Son, Ltd. by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small oval-shaped amuletic case, with a hinged, slightly-domed lid, in gold with repoussé and engraving and polychrome enamel decoration. Decoration depicts flowers - including a central rose, poppies, and other species - on top of lid, and birds and flowers on side of the body. The decoration loosely falls into the gol o bolbol, or bird-and-flower, motif that found great popularity in Iran during the Safavid period and which culminated in the decoration of lacquer objects under the Zand and Qajar dynasties. The base decorated with blue enamel and gold flowers, and the inside of the lid with green enamel. The two small suspension loops indicate the amuletic function.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Amulet Box, 19th century. Gold, polychrome enamel, and repoussé decoration, 7/8 x 1 7/8 in., 0.1 lb. (2.3 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mrs. Carl L. Selden and an anonymous donor in memory of Charles K. Wilkinson and Special Middle Eastern Art Fund, 86.193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.193_front_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 86.193_front_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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