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LOT 0341

Estimate
GBP (£) 10,000 - 14,000
EUR (€) 11,750 - 16,440
USD ($) 13,280 - 18,590

Price
£9,000 (EUR 10,571; USD 11,953) (+bp*)

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Viking Age Gilt Silver Jar with Interlaced Design and Pseudo Islamic Inscription

c.11th century AD

A sheet-silver vessel with later gilded outer face, globular body on a low splayed foot-ring, rolled rim; repoussé ornament comprising a circumferential ring below the neck, two parallel rings to the equator above a band of looped and interlaced tendrils with leaves and ring below, hatching to the foot-ring; median band with legend in pseudo Islamic script. 301 grams, 10.6cm high (4 1/4"). Fair condition.

Provenance
Property of a gentleman; acquired on the UK art market in 1998; formerly in a private German collection since the 1980s; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11007-181733.

Literature
See Fehérvári, G., Islamic Metalwork of the Eighth to the Fifteenth Century in the Keir Collection, London, 1976, for discussion of proto-types.