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Visual Cultures of Islam- Metalwork

A bronze statue in the shape of a peacock, this piece has engraved decorations and is made in the Seljuk style of metalwork.
Iranian
Peacock
bronze with engraved decoration
7 3/4 in. x 6 in. ( 19.7 cm x 15.2 cm )
Museum Purchase
Iranian
Tray
bronze with inlaid silver and copper
3 5/8 in. x 14 1/2 in. ( 9.2 cm x 36.8 cm )
Museum Purchase
Anatolian
Candlestick with decoration of the Labors of the Months
cast and incised bronze, inlaid with silver and gold
7 7/8 in (20 cm)
Museum Purchase
Anatolian
Candlestick with scenes of paired figures drinking
cast and incised bronze, inlaid with silver and gold
7 5/8 in (19.4 cm)
Museum Purchase
Iranian
Incense burner lid with peacock-shaped finial
bronze
11 in. x 4 13/16 in. x 4 13/16 in. ( 28 cm x 12.3 cm x 12.3 cm )
Museum Purchase
Gold-weight in the shape of a triangular base, with a raised line along the edges and a bisecting line down the middle. Along one edge of the base there is a small circular protrusion. 
Akan
Gold-weight
brass
1 in x 11/16 in x 3/16 in (2.6 cm x 1.8 cm x 0.5 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Iranian
Lid with Handle
bronze inlaid with silver
1 3/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. x 5 1/16 in. ( 3.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 12.8 cm )
Museum Purchase
Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust.  They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model.  Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model.  Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.
African
Goldweight
brass
1 in x 7/16 in x 3/16 in (2.5 cm x 1.1 cm x 0.5 cm)
Gift of Doran H. Ross
Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust.  They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model.  Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model.  Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.
African
Goldweight
brass
2 3/4 in x 1 in x 3/16 in (7 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.5 cm)
Gift of Doran H. Ross
Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust.  They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model.  Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model.  Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.
African
Goldweight
brass
1/2 in x 1/2 in x 9/16 in (1.2 cm x 1.3 cm x 1.5 cm)
Gift of Doran H. Ross
Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust.  They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model.  Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model.  Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.
African
Goldweight
brass
2 1/16 in x 3/16 in x 13/16 in (5.3 cm x 0.5 cm x 2 cm)
Gift of Doran H. Ross
A brass container with a round body and a short neck. The stopper is connected to the bottle by a string, to which a small metal scoop is attached. The body of the container is decorated with a grid-like pattern and an undulating line around the top and bottom edge. The top edge of the neck has a rope or braid-like pattern. 

Container
brass, string, and wood
3 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in (9.05 cm x 3.97 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis

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Peacock (1959/1.116)
Tray (1959/1.110)
Gold-weight (1997/1.490)
Lid with Handle (1959/1.117)
Goldweight (2010/1.183)
Goldweight (2010/1.186)
Goldweight (2010/1.188)
Goldweight (2010/1.193)
Container (2000/2.33)
Container (2000/2.35)
Bell (2000/2.39)
Bracelet (2000/2.43)
Bracelet (2000/2.44)
Bracelet (2000/2.45)
Bracelet (2000/2.48)
Container (2000/2.34)
Bell (2000/2.38)
Bracelet (2000/2.46)
Face Plug (2000/2.95)
Face Plug (2000/2.96)
Container (2000/2.32)
Lip Plug (2000/2.94)
Body Ornament (2000/2.98)
Lip Plug (2000/2.99)
Pipe Bowl (2000/2.30)
Armlet (2000/2.40)
Lip Plug (2000/2.92)
Lip Plug (2000/2.93)
Pipe (2000/2.29)
Container (2000/2.36)
Bracelet (2000/2.47)
Belt (2000/2.69)
Belt (2000/2.74)
Belt (2000/2.83)
Purse (2000/2.89)
Powder Horn (2000/2.90)
Body Ornament (2000/2.97)
Lip Plug (2000/2.100)

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