This is a beautiful vintage silver box with astonishing fine repoussé motives depicting Persian miniatures from the world's longest epic poetry, "Shahnameh" or the "Book of Kings", in Persian. The particular motives on this appealing box illustrates Bahram Gur's story as part of the book of "Shahnameh".
"Shahnameh" was written by the highly revered Persian poet Hakim Abul Qasim Ferdowsi who lived in 977 to 1010 C.E. Shahnameh underlings the Persian culture in a literary masterpiece emphasizing the cultural identity of the modern day Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. It has also an importance for the disciples of Zoroastrianism for their historical link between the beginning of the religion to its fragility in Persia after the death of the last Sassanid ruler, king Yazdgerd III (632–651) and during the Muslim conquest that put an end to the Zoroastrian influence in Iran.
This box has a high content of silver and was made in Isfahan, a central city in Iran and the capital of Persia under the reign of the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th Century.
Isfahan has retained much of its past glory for its Islamic architecture such as bridges, palaces, and mosques. A Persian proverb of "Esfahan nesf e jahan", Isfahan is half of the world, is widely used among Iranians living in Iran and abroad to reminisce the city's fine arts and architecture.
This vintage Persian box with excellent miniature all hand chased toned motives is in excellent condition with a cover that closes tight. It weighs 351 grams and measures 14 x 8 x 4.5 centimeter.