Probably from Lahore, this is a virtuoso demonstration of koftgari, or counterfeit damascening. In this technique, the steel is crosshatched with files, and designs cut from gold or silver foil or wire are applied to the rough area and burnished in place.
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Medium:Steel, gold, silk-velvet
Dimensions:Diam. 14 3/4 in. (37.47 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 14 oz. (1304 g)
Credit Line:Gift of William B. Osgood Field, 1902
London. Royal Academy of Arts. "International Exhibtion of Persian Art," January 7–March 7, 1931, no. 837.
San Francisco. M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. "Exhibition of Islamic Art," February 24–March 22, 1937, no. 188.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from The Museum's Collections," January 18–May 31, 1973.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes of Royal India," December 20, 1985–August 31, 1986.
Royal Academy of Arts. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art... 7th January to 28th February, 1931, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 3rd ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 837.
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Walter Heil, and Mehmet Aga-Oglu. Exhibition of Islamic Art. San Francisco: Carlisle, 1937. no. 188.
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: eine kulturhistorische Waffenkunde mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 39, ill.
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