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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


3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2019 7:51 am

    These are older works from Mysore in India.
    Mysore has a rosewood inlay tradition.
    To find current works search words such as Mysore, Karnataka, rosewood, wood, inlay.
    I recently purchased an Omar Khayyam plaque with verse which is very similar to the ones you have posted here.
    Around 1985, I purchased a wood inlay chest about 30 inches long, 18 inches deep, which has Omar Khayyam wood inlay scenes on all four sides plus lid. I bought it in Bangalore, which is close to Mysore.
    There is a great video on YouTube showing how the Mysore inlays are made

  2. Ghada raja permalink
    September 30, 2019 9:29 am

    I’m Interested in learning about an antique wood inlay version of omar and khayyam somewhat similar to figure 3 featured here. My parents acquired the piece in 1980’s in united arab emirates and passed it on to me.

  3. September 30, 2019 10:29 am

    See comment by Celeste above?

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