Handmade brassware




Syria handmade brassware  



Handmade brassware -gilded or silver inlay

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Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work





Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work








Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work










Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work












Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work






Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work









Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work







Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work





Syria  Handmade

brass phases of work








These are mortars, oil lamps or bowls, cast in bronze with copper inlay, from the area ruled by the East Iranian dynasty of the Samanids and the dynasty of the Ghasnavids who had their residence at Ghasni in what is now Afghanistan. From there this decorative technique spread westwards. The town of Mosul in present-day Iraq, Damascus, and to a lesser extent Cairo were centres of production for such metal goods in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. They were highly prized throughout the Islamic world. After the Mongol conquest of Mosul in the thirteenth century the centre of production of inlaid metalwork shifted to Damascus.

The earliest surviving inlaid metal object is now the Louvre in Paris, ft was probably made in Damascus for a sultan who reigned between 1237 and 1260.


From the mid-thirteenth century until the beginning of the sixteenth boxes, vases and candlesticks were produced in Damascus for the European market and exported via Venice. A blank space in the shape of an escutcheon was usually left in their decoration so that it could be filled with the future owner's coat of arms. Such pieces served as models stimulating the local production of these luxury objects in Venice in the sixteenth century.


The Linden-Museum's collection contains no examples of inlaid Syrian metalwork from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The knowledge of the technique, however, was clearly not lost, and towards the end of the nineteenth century the production of inlaid work in Damascus revived. The domestic demand from a bourgeoisie whose economic strength was gradually increasing, and the fashion for Orientalism in Europe - especially in France - resulted in deliberate stylistic allusions to the tradition of the Man-link rulers of Syria in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in the case, for example, of the production of Koran boxes, Koran tables and washing utensils and trays. Vase shapes, containers for house-plant. pots, cigarette boxes, little bowls and suchlike were orientated more towards the European taste of the time. The end of this development is represented by the large shell cases inlaid with gold and copper, which are used as umbrella and walking-stick stands in restaurants and tourist hotels.

'"' Metal inlay is a highly specialized craft. The craftsmen use undecorated pieces which have been cast or wrought in  bronze or brass by other smiths; only the decoration is  applied in the inlay workshops.


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