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Toledo workshop damascened cigarette case - CB.154
Origin: Toledo, Spain
Circa: 1900 BC
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 2" (5.1cm) wide

Location: Great Britain
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The damascening art, which consists in inlaying noble metals on iron or steel, has its origin in similar works that go back to ancient times. Damascene-style work is said to have been practiced by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, but was developed into a high art by the craftsmen of Damascus, Syria more than 2,000 years ago. It was first introduced to Spain by the Moors who conquered the peninsula in 711 AC (Al-Andalus). Toledo, so open through the centuries to the aesthetics and cultural contributions of various cultures and people, maintained this amazing tradition thanks to the vocation and ability of its master craftsmen. - (CB.154)


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