late 12th or early 13th century AD

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The slightly tapering body is decorated with bands of inscription and medallions enclosing the signs of the zodiac (represented conventionally, except for Sagittarius, which is shown as a harpy) in groups of three. The inscriptions are all benedictory, praying for blessings upon an unnamed owner. At the centre of the lid is a handsome finial in the form of a bulbous pointed dome, surmounted by a stylised Buddhist lotus and a hawk or a dove.


  • Title: Casket
  • Date Created: late 12th or early 13th century AD
  • Location Created: Iran, Khurasan
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: brass or quaternary copper alloy, piece cast, engraved, ringmatted and inlaid with silver, copper and a black compound

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