Combination lock box
A.D. 1197 (A.H. 593)
Attributed to Muhammad ibn Hamid al-Asturlabi al-Isfahani (Late 12th century)
Object Place: Khurasan or Isfahan, Iran
Exterior: 18 x 22 x 16.7 cm (7 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 6 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Leaded brass over wood with silver, gold, and copper inlay, with applied gilt leaded brass figures
Not On View
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.
Inscribed with date H.H. 593 (A.D. 1197)
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.
Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes