A SAFAVID CARVED WOOD CALLIGRAPHIC BEAM OR CENOTAPH SECTION, PERSIA, PROBABLY MAZANDARAN, DATED 920 AH/1514 AD
of wooden rectangular form, carved on two sides in low relief with calligraphic inscriptions and three other plain angled edges, with customised stand
90.5 by 8.5 by 9cm.
Fragmentary, part of inscriptions (to both edges) partly missing, one side with break in wood and old evidence of drill holes, some abrasion, nicks and scratches to surface, set into modern stand for display, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The first part of the call to God to bless the Fourteen Innocents, dated 920 AH/1514-15 AD.
A pair of similar cross-beam, attributed to North Eastern Iran, 14th century, sold at Sotheby's New York, 15 June 1979, lot 335.