This extremely heavy gauge bronze (copper alloy) mortar and pestle dates from around 1806-1810. Iran made. Hand engraved and filled in with black composition. All details of the artisan-ship are lavishly stylistic, featuring scrolls, foliage, Arabic motifs, mystic animals such as serpents, foxes, lions, camels, elephants and birds.
The royal imagery implies that the Sultan or some other person of very high standing at the sultan’s court may have been the patron. Acquired from an antique dealer in Cairo/Egypt by one of our ancestors who served with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, in World War I. Mortar and pestle is possibly related to the Mamluk Sultan.
Dimensions: 6 inches diameter (15 cm) ; approx. 7 3/4 inches high (19.5 cm). Pestle: 9 1/2 inches long (24 cm).
Weight: approx. 8 lbs. (3.65 kg). Shipment will be insured.
Condition: Very good for age. Signs of traditional usage and age. Shows normal soot mostly at the bottom (amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter). Couple of minor scratches on the pestle. Item has not been cleaned or repaired. Item is sold in the same condition as inherited.
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