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More inlaid pieces with a Khayyam-related theme

October 9, 2018

Alan Birch has sent us information about some more inlaid wood pieces with Rubaiyat and Khayyam-related themes that he has found recently.  Alan writes as follows.  

I have recently picked up the attached marquetry images which may be of interest.  Photos of them are shown below.  Figures 1 and 2 are approximately 29 cm in width;  Figure 3 is some 40 cm wide and Figure 4 is 23 cm.

The pair of plaques, each with a quatrain inscribed in a white cartouche, are obviously definitely Omar related. I think the large portrait of the couple and the small plaque of the girl holding a rose (?) probably are too.

Fig 1

Fig 2










There must be quite a lot of this stuff out there. I wonder whether these are pieces brought back from Persia by tourists or pieces exported to feed a western market?

Do any readers have an answer to Alan’s question on the origins of these pieces?  Please comment below. More information about Alan’s other findings in this field can be seen via the following link .

Fig 3

Fig 4


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