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Most of the Islamic or Persian metal wall art I've seen has been limited to chargers and trays. This large chased and embossed solid brass piece almost looks like a fireplace guard, but I've never seen one that didn't come from Europe or North America. It measures 17-3/4 inches wide by 22-1/4 inches high and is self-framed, extending an inch from the wall.
There are four human figures in the elaborate scene as well as a deer, trees, plants and flowers. Perhaps they represent Islamic folklore or mythology - the two smaller figures in the upper corners appear to be some sort of love Gods. The 1-1/2 inch outer border is a punched or pierced repeating trefoil design. There is a hanger mounted at the top which is not perfectly centered (1/4 inch off). It's simply a small drilled hole to which a thin strip of brass has been inserted, paper fastener style, to hold the ring. The hanger may have been added later. There is some whitish verdigris within the fine chased detail.
I used a soft, non-direct flash in most of the pictures to better show the engraving and high relief embossing. I don't have any provenance on this exceptional piece, other than it was purchased at an Idaho estate auction where I saw a few pieces of antique Asian art but nothing similar to this. Weight is 6 pounds before packing and boxing.
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