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    Posted 2 years ago

    Golgatha
    (143 items)

    Here's a small box I bought at a flea market in Copenhagen for the equivalent of USD 23. 5.0 cm x 8.0 cm x 5.0 cm. Brass engraved and inlaid with copper. Cedarwood on the inside. My guess would be that it's Egyptian (?) But from when and what does the text translate to ? If you know, then don't hesitate to tell me !

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    Comments

    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      The script definitely looks Middle Eastern but I have not seen anything Egyptian with a design like that.
      I hope someone here can shed light on it.
    2. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Hard to say, could be from the Muslim Middle Eastern or Islamic area, looks quite old. The cedar lining would be to prevent insect damage to the valuable contents.

      I know many decorative items had these calligraphy symbols as part of the design. Even Chinese exports, would display this sort of motif for that specific market.

      This is a Chinese cloisonne bowl and stand, early 20th century.
      https://www.rm-auctions.com/attachment-cache/width/1000/2018/07/24/5d69ae4/a-chinese-cloisonne-islamic-market-incense-burner-qianlong-mark-19th-c-1.jpg
    3. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
      Agree-- Damascus is well known for this type of work.

      Here is a trench art example from the early 20th century:
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/168026-ww1-damascus-trench-art-humidor

      scott

    4. Golgatha Golgatha, 11 months ago
      Thanks renedijkstra for your comments. By googeling I found pieces like this one. Believed to be made for sale to 'grand tour' tourists in Egypt around 1900.

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