Lot 15A: Islamic museum bronze silver inlaid mirror, with Kufic scripts, 600-1000 AD

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Description: Islamic museum bronze silver inlaid mirror, with Kufic scripts, 600-1000 AD; Absolutely incredible archaic bronze mirror with silver inlaid and handle. There are 3 images in 3 circles: running animal on the left, same running animal on the right and sitting human figure in the lower middle circle. There are another 2 smaller birds and 2 animals on the left and on the right. Kufic script at the top and bottom of the mirror is inlaid with silver. Handle is attached with 2 archaic nail. Handle has ornament with inlaid silver. Diameter: 8.4 inches = 23.8 cm; Total length with handle: 17.5 inches = 44.8 cm; Weight: 2 lb. = 900 g; The mirror surface has a complex structure: it is convex (bulges outward) in general 24 cm, but has another convex surface in the center, 7 cm in diameter, at lower level. Condition: Authentic greenish patina with some rust all over; there is a hole (defect) 15 x 10 mm in the upper part. Provenance: Bought on Florida antique market in 2008. Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts and consists of a modified form of the old Nabatean script. Kufic developed around the end of the 7th century in Kufa, Iraq, from which it takes its name, and other centers. Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy Qur'ans. Professional copyists employed a particular form of Kufic for reproducing the earliest surviving copies of the Qur'an, which were written on parchment and date from the 8th to 10th centuries.
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