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Qajar Amulet with Woman’s Portrait

Artist/maker unknown, Persian

Made in Tehran, Iran, Asia

c. 1800-1850

Gold with enamel

Height: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm) Diameter: 1 7/8 inches (4.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Lydia Thompson Morris, 1925

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Persian painters had practiced the art of enameling since the Safavid period (1501–1722), initially imitating European prototypes, but painters in the late Persian Qajar court (1781–1925) brought the art to a new level. They excelled at gold enameling with vivid colors and exquisite floral and figural designs.