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Post by bistoboy May 25th 2015, 5:01 pm

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My first thoughts when i saw this piece was that it was going to be ceramic and tourist ware from India.  But when i picked it up and handled it, it became clear that the dish is made of metal and inlaid with another kind of metal.   The base looks and feels heavy enough for pewter, the inlay is brassy in places and more silver where it's polished, so the yellowy colour maybe just tarnish. Also, the back shows signs of age, so even if it's tourist ware, it's vintage. The style of the central coiled snake looked Indian to me at first, but the wreath of leaves and flowers doesn't seem to tie in with that so i wondered if it was European or Egyptian.  As you can tell, i'm rather confused by this one.
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Post by Guest May 25th 2015, 7:54 pm

I don't know, but could the snake being in a figure of 8 be significant.
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Post by NaomiM May 25th 2015, 8:37 pm

Could be Persian, Moroccan or Indian. There is the Bidri (Deccan) technique used in Indian, and a similar technique used in Meknes, Morocco.

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