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Twelve-sided Box
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Twelve-sided Box

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Description This twelve-sided box is inlaid with gold and silver and engraved. It has a dome-shaped cover, a hinge with two legs at the back, and a lock on the front. A wide inscription in thuluth script is interspersed with roundels displaying horsemen on the body. Two inscription bands and similar roundels are on the cover.
Date Description Narrative
8/23/1974Treatmentcleaned; repaired
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
  • The Arts of Persia. 1949.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, August 11, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] around cover: May glory and victory be yours as long as sun and moon rise; may glory and constancy be yours as long as morning and evening "rise."
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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late 13th-early 14th century
brass, gold and silver inlay
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H: 10 1/8 x Diam: 10 9/16 in. (25.7 x 26.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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