Presenting a desirable 19th century Persian Qajar steel bird with gold and silver damascene inlaid designs.
The sculpture starts with a clean expressive form that is immediately graphic, timeless, full of avian character and viscerally appealing.
This is layered with the subtle rich complexity of intricate damascene geometric designs inlaid in gold and silver. It’s the increasing scarcity of these pieces, combined with precisely this contrast between accessibility and mystery; simplicity and complexity, that make them so very much in demand by collectors today.
The stance is tall and proud with the beak held slightly open. Gold and silver damascene feather shaped designs are mixed with geometric elements and then transition delightfully to entirely abstract geometric tribal patterns on the bird's back.
Measures approximately 9 inches tall and 10 1/2 inches from beak to tail. Solid and well-balanced, the piece is in excellent antique condition, with the expected minor wear to the inlay at places of greatest contact and some areas of oxidization on the underbody. Serious inquiries are welcome.
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