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Persian Raised Brass Tas with Cut Out

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Persian Raised Brass Tas with Cut Out
This Persian raised brass tas (bowl) with cut out and engraved decoration is similar to Timurid Dynasty (1369-1500) style brass bowls.[161A] Notably this object has a resemblance in shape and size, within a few centimeters, to referenced 14th and 15th Century Iranian bowls of brass. These referenced examples [161A, 107B, 110C] use inlaid black composition, whereas our tas has cut out backgrounds. From these we cannot claim a definite provence to these early periods but more likely design copies made during the 18th and 19th Centuries. For example, the location of the double interwoven ribbons on the neck to the rim separated by wide incised fillets isolates this motif from the different designs on the body of the tas. This is typical of metalwork in the Safavid Dynasty(1500-1857).[161D] The Art and Orchid Gallery's tas is a brass basket-like vessel with pierced, chased and incised Persian designs from the rim to the curved bottom. The piercing appears to have been executed by hammer and chisels.[162P] The rim embossed motif is double interwoven ribbons, separated from the lower pierced designs by a line incised fillet. This fillet is continuous with fillets forming undulating wave-shaped roundels which hold the pierced patterns. There are 4 main patterns in duplicate on opposite sides of the tas. Starting at an apparent seam line is a symmetrical interwoven vine design with incised leaves. Separating each roundel is one inch wide raised (by repousse) wave band which undulates up and around the tas. It is composed of incised leaves on overlapping vines. Moving clockwise, the next roundel has an epigraphic design; the following, is a series of interlocking octagons filled with squares, all made of incised fillets; the final roundel has a symmetrically centered fillet octagon interwoven with another geometric. Circling the edge of the slightly concave bottom is the characteristic Persian heraldic motif of confronting birds, originally found on Luristan bronzes.[161A, 107B, 110C] Lambrequin with dot pairs finish the incised motif. The bottom is covered with cold metal spinning marks and dents. The interior has a rough texture expected from chiseled piercing work and evidence of ruthless cleaning typical of these aged brass pieces. More information, pictures and references available on our website. Size: ~ 5 1/8" H x 10" x 6 1/2" opening; Weight: ~ 870 grams

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