Beautiful antique decorative Khatam frame, hand-painting Iranian miniature, signed, 1930s

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Beautiful antique decorative Khatam frame, hand-painting Iranian miniature, signed, 1930s



Size: 32 x 26 cm


Miniature Painting or Miniator is a small handmade oil painting on paper as a book illustration or more commonly on a piece of camel bone.

The bright and pure colouring of the Persian miniature is one of its most striking attribution of these paintings.

As well as the figurative scenes in miniatures, there was a parallel style of non-figurative ornamental decoration which was found in borders and panels in miniature pages.

Persian Miniature is comparable to the Western and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts.


Khātam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying. It is a version of marquetry where art forms are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metalprecisely-cut intricate geometric patterns. Common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold, silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire.