18C Indo Persian Mosaic Pen Box. GORGEOUS late 18th Century Indo-Persian geometric mosaic pen holder…
PRESENTING a GORGEOUS 18C Indo-Persian Bronze Pitcher.
From circa 1780, this pitcher was most likely made in Northern India and is heavily inspired by Persian or Islamic influences.
Bronze with copper and brass it is heavily covered in detailed repousse work of floral decoration. The neck of the pitcher has scale like repousse work. The handle is inset with brass diamonds on either side down the shaft of the handle with a solid brass insert on the rim of the handle. It sits on a circular pedestal base.
This piece has ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS NATURAL PATINA throughout, with all the signs of natural aging, oxidation etc, that one would expect from a 18th Century piece.
Persian influence was first introduced to the Indian subcontinent by Muslim rulers of Turkic and Afghan origin, especially with the Delhi Sultanate from the 13th century, and in the 16th to 19th century by the Mughal Empire. In general, from its earliest days, aspects of the culture and language were brought to the Indian subcontinent by various Persianized Central Asian Turkic and Afghan rulers, such as Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi in the 11th century.
Persian was the official language of the Delhi Sultanate, the Bengal Sultanate, the Bahamani Sultanate, the Mughal Empire, and their successor states, as well as the cultured language of poetry and literature. Many of the Sultans and nobility in the Sultanate period were Persianised Turks from Central Asia who spoke Turkic languages as their mother tongues. The Mughals were also culturally Persianized Central Asians (of Turco-Mongol origin on their paternal side), but spoke Chagatai Turkic as their first language at the beginning, before eventually adopting Persian. Persian became the preferred language of the Muslim elite of north India. Muzaffar Alam, a noted scholar of Mughal and Indo-Persian history, suggests that Persian became the official lingua franca of the empire under Akbar for various political and social factors due to its non-sectarian and fluid nature. The influence of these languages led to a vernacular called Hindustani that is the ancestor of today’s Urdu and Hindi.
18C Indo-Persian Bronze Pitcher.
Provenance: From a Dallas Private Collection.
Condition: Excellent original condition. Some very minor indentations but nothing significant.
Dimensions: 10.5″ Tall, 6.5″ in diameter and 8″ Wide at handle to spout.