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Fob seal: M.95-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Fob seal with a lapis lazuli sealstone engraved with a Persian inscription, in a chased gold mount

Carved lapis lazuli with embossed and chased gold mount. Large rounded rectangular sealstone with an intaglio Persian inscription. The rim mount, arched handle and loop are decorated with flowerheads and leaves.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.9 cm
Width: 3.0 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


Early-mid 19th century
1800 - 1850


The sealstone was probably inscribed in Persia and mounted in the fob seal in England

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone Length 2.4 cm Width 2.1 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.95-1930
Primary reference Number: 155900
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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