Combination lock box

Persian
Seljuk
A.D. 1197 (A.H. 593)
Attributed to Muhammad ibn Hamid al-Asturlabi al-Isfahani (Late 12th century)


Object Place: Khurasan or Isfahan, Iran

Dimensions

Exterior: 18 x 22 x 16.7 cm (7 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

55.1113

Medium or Technique

Leaded brass over wood with silver, gold, and copper inlay, with applied gilt leaded brass figures

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Metalwork

Box with combination lock of four two-level dials that create an eight-digit code. Attached to modern front plate are three gilded guardian figures in high relief adding symbolic protection to the box. Top with inlaid strapwork and inscription providing date.

Inscription

Inscribed with date H.H. 593 (A.D. 1197)

Provenance

1931, M. & R. Stora, Paris [see note]. 1950, Mrs. Edward Jackson (Mary Stacy Beaman) Holmes (b. 1875), Topsfield, MA; 1955, gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1956)

NOTE: Lent to the International Exhibition of Persian Art (Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 7 - February 28, 1931), cat. no. 77e.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes