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Islamic scissors


A pair of steel traveling calligrapher's scissors with gold koftgari work, the central screw decorated with a diamond and rubies,

with collapsible handles.
18th century
8 1/8 inches long

Persian Lamp Stand


Safavid,  circa late 16th century

brass, cast, engraved and inlaid with silver and black compound

13.5 inches high

Inscription reads:

                                 The lamp of the Lucid I see brightened by your face

                                 All those who have a soul I see their souls turned towards you

                                 You are desired by the world, may not one hair fall from your head  

 - Ahli Torshizi, Timurid poet

c.f. Metropolitan Museum, NY., 91.1.579