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A copper plate or tray with a Khayyam theme. Can anyone help to identify where this was made?

February 4, 2015

Bob Forrest recently acquired a pressed copper plate or tray which seems to have a Khayyam theme. This is surmised from the central image on the plate (see the first picture below) and the inclusion of the words Hakim Khayyam in Arabic/Persian script (see the second picture). The plate is also clearly marked as pressed copper in English (third picture).

Bob is keen to find out more about this unusual object, notably where, when and by and for whom it was made. Does anyone have ideas about this? Have any of you ever seen anything else like this? If you can help in the search for information, please post a comment below. And thanks in advance.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Farhad Diba permalink
    February 4, 2015 5:40 pm

    The bowl is made of copper and was made in Iran – probably in Isfahan. It has an inscription in Persian: “Hakim Khayyam”.
    It is not uncommon and probably made in the 1960-1970s.

    • Bob Forrest permalink
      February 5, 2015 9:37 pm

      Many thanks for that information, but why is the “pressed copper” in English ? I’m still puzzled by that detail.

  2. February 5, 2015 9:46 am

    Thanks for that information. Do you think that plates like this were made for the tourist market?

  3. Garry Garrard permalink
    February 5, 2015 11:25 am

    Interesting. At first I thought there might have been a connection to my wooden tray that I showed Bill and Sandra a year or two back but there obviously isn’t. I’ll send a photo or two separately, I can’t see a way to put them here.
    My tray, like a small butler’s tray is oblong, about 25cm x 50cm with a depiction of Quatrain X1 (1st edition). It has a small stand that brings the tray to about 40cm high. I guess its early 20th century.
    Garry Garrard

  4. May 11, 2017 5:04 pm

    Some more information on similar items with a Khayyam theme have now been published in a separate post – see


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