MATERIAL: Copper
TYPE: Plate
DIMENSIONS: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm.)
NOTES: Scholar Dan Sheffield from Princeton has kindly written me to say that this plate is probably not Zoroastrian in origin—the inscription on the back is in Georgian, while for a Zoroastrian object you would expect Persian or Gujarati.
ITEM ID: 5583
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Antique Persian Hand-Engraved Copper Plate

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: 1900-1940

Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, having originated in ancient Persia. It contains both monotheistic and dualistic elements, and many scholars believe Zoroastrianism influenced the belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Zoroastrian theology includes, foremost, the importance of following the “Threefold Path of Asha” revolving around good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. There is also a heavy emphasis on spreading happiness, mostly through charity, and respecting the spiritual equality and duty of both men and women.