This small shallow bowl is made of silver. The outside is decorated with a chased design of animals and birds amid foliage and flowers on a ring-punched ground. The base has a comparable design. These designs are so delightful that they make one smile. One needs good eyesight to appreciate the quality of the craftsmanship on this little bowel and the use of a magnifying glass may be rewarding. Chinese silver was influenced by Persian styles, during a period when the influence of Persia on the arts of China was strong. The inner liner is missing as is usually the case with these objects.
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