Intricately Hand Engraved, Old Persian Copper Tray
(26″ diameter) Signed “Reza Hafez Esfahani”
Inspired by the collected poetic works of Hafez:
VINTAGE PERSIAN COPPER TRAY FOR SALE NOW
For the first time in 40 years – the first time ever outside Iran!
The quality of this unique tray’s copper and intricate artistic detail can be appreciated even in the reflective glare of Florida afternoon sun (which washes some of it out) as captured by my cell phone! (Many more images are available.) This is highly refined Persian artistry that no longer exists except in collectible remnants, of which this is one of the finer specimens. Although the artist is from Isfahan, this is not the more common (yet still highly skilled and valued) hammered copper, but the finest (and far rarer) hand Persian craftsmanship.
Hafez is the pen name for Khwaja Samsu d-Din Muhammed Hafez-e Shirazi, famed Persian spiritual poet and mystic (@1315/1317 – 1389/1390).
It is said that by listening to his father’s recitations of the Qur’an, Hafez learned it by heart at an early age – which is the meaning of the word “Hafez” and the basis for Hafez’ strong faith and spirituality.
Hafez was the most acclaimed Persian poet of the 14th century, and inspired all future mystical poetic works. The most copied Islamic poet after his death, Hafez remains the most popular poet in Iran even today. You will find extensive listings of his poetry readings and inspired music if you do a Google search on his name. His Divan is still found in the homes of most Iranians, who learn his poems by heart and recite them as proverbs.
Hafez’ poems have been frequently used in visual art and music over the centuries – as here in the intricate carvings of this heavy Persian copper tray. One of the three main themes of his ghazals is the beloved, which influenced many of these depictions. For Hafez, his Islamic faith was another major theme in his poems, and its strong influence is apparent in this exquisite piece of artistry.
In fact, in 2004 Professor Foltz of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Florida and his Iranian artist-wife showed me elaborate artwork accompanying a copy of the Divan, artistic depictions which closely resembled some of the scenes meticulously, lyrically etched in fine detail on this large, original, hand engraved copper tray, as he proceeded to explain the tray’s provenance to me (beyond my understanding at the time I personally purchased it in Teheran 40 years ago).
A 14th Century Royal Picnic Pavilion was erected at the center of the copper tray, surrounded on the periphery by eight scenes such as saqi (boy pouring wine), playing tar – kamanche, etc. Images of each are available upon request, with better photos coming soon.
Interestingly and according to the various entries about Hafez on Wikipedia, it is believed that at one point, Hafez fell out of favor with a ruler for criticizing lesser poets, and he fled from Shiraz to Isfahan and Yazul. The skilled creator and artistic genius of this delicately inscribed tray, Reja Hafez Esfani, is Reja Hafez from Isfahan/Esfahan. Is there any wonder that he was drawn to the poetry of Hafez?
The actual age of this vintage original tray is unknown, but its condition is excellent. It was the popular Teheran merchant’s prized piece among his expensive collectibles (and my driver-body guard’s wonder) when I personally bought it 40 years ago in Iran.
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