Rectangular - Syria - velvet inlaid box

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10´5 x 17 x 4 cm ´5

This product has been made by the artisan tecnia of the Marquetry in Syriaone of the few places where this technique still lasts.

The base is made from walnut, is internally lined in velvet and the scale are:
-Stick of Rosal
-Olive stick
-Lemon stick
-Stick of pine

It is finished in varnish.

Marquetry is a craft technique applied to the cladding of floors, walls, furniture, sculptures and art objects. Cut pieces of different materials are used in the work (stones, marble, wood, metals etc.), which are fitting on a stand to make the decorative design. It is an inlay work. Between pieces and others there is a contrast effect that depends on the color and the characteristic of the material used.

In marquetry basis between one piece and other embedded, bedding is not as with the mosaic. The material that will go embedded with the shape of the design, is placed on the surface or medium and draw the outline is cut. Captured oncedrawing on the stand, is emptied slightly, leaving a gap where the marquetry; will be embedded then flattens and Assembly paves so that the surface is level.

Ming (1368-1644) is news of work of the marquetry of the Sumerian era in Mesopotamia (3000 years BC) and the dynasty in China. It spread throughout Asia minor (today Turkey) and later the Romans adopted it when they came into contact with the Hellenistic world. They called this art incrustatio or loricatito. Pliny the elder makes an extensive description of this technique in his work Naturalis history. Parts with that scale, were called crustae. The Arabs introduced this technique in Spain, that marquetry is derived from the Arabic word Tar'sia, which means embedding.

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