An exquisite Antique Islamic Koran Amulet Box. Made from silver (about 800) and Inlaid with niello over etched surface inscribed Arab lettering and floral ornamentation. Late 19th Century. Detailed refined Etching with Niello inlaid covering smoothly the surfaces. Box closes and locks well.Has two little handles on each side that can be used in a variety of ways.
The original makings of such items was to hold an octagonal hand written intricate miniature Koran. In some traditions an additional hexagonal amulet box is connected to each side of the handles. The Koran box was placed with a strap on the upper arm as an armlet.In such leaving the hands operationally free. In later period these items where used for jewelry holding,pills,tobacco or good luck single religious verses.
Most of such items are silver made however the addition of Niello inlay is extremely rare to these boxes and is considered a unique collectors item. Application of niello rendered more common items to high status jewelry and would be usually executed only for a targeted group or individual.
Hinge connection in the back has been repaired (see photo - thicker molding in hinge area ), now opens well and places cap to close exactly.In the back beside the hinge some niello was thinned/came of - quite minor.Base has some light pressure marks and dings. Silver was acid tested and showed the brownish color that is estimated around the 800 concentration. Size Max length including handles - 2 1/4" (5.6cm) tall. Stands approx 3/8" (15mm). Total weight is : 40.4 grams (approx1.43oz).
A remarkable detailed little amulet box made of Silver with a rare Niello inlay.
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