AN ISLAMIC BRASS CAST OPENWORK ENGRAVED

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PERIOD: 1st half of 13th century

ORIGIN: Mosul

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 30.4/5 x 49.6 Cm

DESCRIPTION:
This suspension bracket could well have been from a large, freestanding quadrant, sextant or astrolabe in an astronomical observatory. The bracket is decorated with very rich openwork arabesques, the curves of which are strongly reminiscent of the gaping jaws of dragons. The piece is very finely made and was intended to be seen from both the front and the back, because the finish on both sides is equally refined. It bears the engraved signature of its maker, Shakir ibn Ahmad. Mosul, 1st half of 13th century

CERTIFICATE: Comes with a certificate from the Art Loss Register.

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