The khatam kari is a work of fine and meticulous marquetry, the oldest examples of which date back to the Safavid period (1501-1730).
This technique is a work of inlay which consists in making motifs, most often star shapes, by inserting fine sticks of wood, brass, and camel bone. One can also use ivory, gold, or silver. The basic unit of the final decoration is a six-pointed star in a circle or a hexagon, which is skillfully assembled into the basic unit of the final decoration.
The finishing is done by lacquering.
The edges, and the central diamonds are made of ivory.
Normal wear and tear, but good general condition considering the fragility of the work to preserve it over time.
Persia, 2nd half of the 19th c.