Persia; Qajar Dynasty, late 19th century
The bowl of simple form with tondo decorated in gold Koftgari Arabic script, encircled by decorative rings. The exterior rim decorated with continuous band of foliate panels. The base with three lines of engraved script.
7 3/8" (18.7 cm)
The John J. Slocum Collection
Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sothebys, London in 1997.