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Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Wood Inlay Lacquer Box
Medium and Support: Wood with marquetry inlay
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Martha Wake Bishop
Accession Number: 1932.25
Dimensions: 6 3/16 in. x 15 7/16 in. x 10 3/4 in. (15.72 cm x 39.21 cm x 27.31 cm)
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4/17/17 Diana Chou
Khatemkari is a painstaking method of creating inlaid objects. Several types of wood, along with metal and bone, are cut into minute beads and then assembled into geometric patterns; it can take over six hundred individual pieces to create one square inch of inlaid surface. On this box, elegant writing further augments the decoration. The central panel on the lid bears the common phrase, “Grace is from God and Victory is near” (a quotation from the Quran), while the other verses extoll the skill of the craftsman who made the box.
Last Updated: 6/6/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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