Persian miniature in khatam frame



A miniature tableau framed in Khatam inspired by Iranian myths.The painting tells the tale of lovers playing 3tar (Iranian music instrument).A precious tableaue which is combination of two crafts miniature and Khatam.

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Type of Art/Artist

A Persian miniature is a small painting on paper, stone etc., The techniques are broadly comparable to the Western and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts. Although there is an equally well-established Persian tradition of wall-painting, the survival rate and state of preservation of miniatures is better, and miniatures are the best-known form of Persian painting in the West, and many of the most important examples are in Western, or Turkish, museums. Miniature painting became a significant Persian genre in the 13th century, receiving Chinese influence after the Mongol conquests, and the highest point in the tradition was reached in the 15th and 16th centuries. The tradition continued, under some Western influence, after this, and has many modern exponents.

Khātam is a Persian version of marquetry, art forms made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut geometrical shapes. Khatam is also the capital of Khatam County in Iran. Khatamkari is the art of crafting a Khatam. Common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold, silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire. Artworks with smaller inlaid pieces are generally more highly valued.

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Length32 Cm
Width10 Cm
Height5 Cm
Weight529 gr
CompositionsWood, bone, brass

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