A Persian Iron Priming Flask or Barutdan, dated 1159 AH (1746)

2338 v3
2338 1 v2

Item ref: 2338

  • Persia
  • Iron and gold
  • 10.5 cm / 4.1 in


Private collection, France

On either side of the band are Arabic inscriptions: one side features intricate calligraphy in Thuluth, and the other Nasta’liq, which states:

Hu ‘Ali ya ‘Ali
(He ‘Ali, oh ‘Ali)

Although the shape of this flask was common in this period, its decoration is very finely executed and of distinct quality.