<em>Amulet Box</em>, 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.jpg)

Amulet Box

Medium: Gold, polychrome enamel, and repoussé decoration

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Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 7/8 x 1 7/8 in., 0.1 lb. (2.3 x 4.8 cm)


Accession Number: 86.193

Image: 86.193.jpg,

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.

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