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Lot 137, Auction 3/7/2019: 19th C. Central Asian Bronze Mold with Star of David

Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or nearby, ca. 19th century CE. A heavy, leaded bronze jewelry mold, hexagonal, with a deeply stamped Star of David motif at its center. The symbol is surrounded by more lightly stamped floral and fruit motifs. It became associated with Judaism sometime during the Middle Ages, appearing in Kabbalistic grimoire, for example. Size: 1.9" W (4.8 cm)

Condition: Small casting flaw on one edge. Some of the motifs have been worn smooth from repeated touching. Dark patina on surface with nicely preserved motifs.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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