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Combination Lock
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Combination Lock

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Description This padlock has alphabetical combination marks, running on four revolving sections. Combination locks were already known in the Seljuk period; they are found on 12th-century safe boxes.
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
  • The Heritage of Islam. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston; California Academy of Sciences Museum, San Francisco; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 1982-1984.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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17th century (Safavid)
cast and engraved brass
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H: 4 3/4 × W: 1 5/16 × D: 11/16 in. (12 × 3.3 × 1.7 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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