Persian Silver Box with Babylonian Court Scene

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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1920: Item # 787396
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This engraved silver box measures 3 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches by one inch in depth.

The top of the box has a finely chiseled and engraved Babylonian court scene with the king and his court with winged animals.

The sides are covered with engraved and repeating leaf and pattern motifs within shields.

It dates from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

It was probably produced by a Mesopotamian (Iran or Iraq) silversmith whose mark is on the inside bottom of the box along with what appears to be a standard silver mark of the period (see enlarged photo). Most Persian silver is about .84 or 84/100 silver.

It weighs about 330 grams.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny flaw in the silver which shows up as a speck or dot on the front top rim and as a tiny (4mm) crescent shaped scar or scratch on the corresponding point on the inside of the lid. It is insignificant, but mentioned for full disclosure. The buyer will not be disappointed.