Enamelled Gold Compendium
Qajar, 19th century CE
Materials and technique
Ø 9 cm
Objects made of gold not only reflected Islamic and pre-Islamic indigenous tastes; sometimes they incorporated European designs and influences as well, as demonstrated by this rare and beautiful enamelled gold compendium, which includes a universal equinoctial quadrant. This object reflects the Qajar rulers’ taste for personal luxury objects as well as their interest in scientific knowledge and trade with Europe.
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