Antique Persian paper mache jewelry or dresser box, handpainted with birds, flowers and foliage.
Probably 19th century.
Measures 4 5/8 inches in diameter.
The background of the box is black.
It is painted with delicate flowers and leaves in pinks and greens, very much in the classic Persian taste.
A pretty bird in yellow and blue sits atop the flowers.
Unusual and ornate 'clasp' in which the lid extends to the bottom of the box in 3 semi-circles.
While the box is clearly very old, it is in very good condition.
The only slight loss is to the finish of one of the semi circles extending from the rim of the lid.
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