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Silver-Copper Inlaid Mamluk Revival Cairoware Casket
Heavily inlaid with silver and copper, this brass casket dates to the 19th century, and is a revival of Mamluk design, also known as Cairoware. Measuring 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" (not including hinge overlap) x 2 1/4", the box is lined with wood, which also has inlay of mother of pearl, varying colors of wood, and bone (some missing and in need of gluing). In addition to the fine silver inlay, the brass areas are also etched in elaborate foliate designs; the silver is enhanced with engraved designs and has copper inlay and script. The silver cartouche on the lid has the name Hafez (also spelled Hafiz) in copper, in reference to the famous Persian poet. Both ends of the box have the name of Allah in calligraphy, as well as the heads of animals, fish, an elephant and a man. Of exceptional quality, the brass is heavy, as is the silver inlay, and the designs are typically foliate and rich, reflecting the ornate and lush motifs of Islamic and Persian design.


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