Enamel is a heat-fused glass, which is colored by metallic oxides and applied onto a metal surface. There is a long and historic tradition of Persian enamels. The tradition is partly carried from the elaborate commissions and gifts coming to Persia in the 17th century from Europe and Russia. By the late 17th century the position of Court enameler was established. Enamelers in the Qajar dynasty, the ruling dynasty in Iran from 1794 – 1925, developed their own distinct artistic enamel style focusing on the colors pink and blue and exquisitely depicted flowers and foliage.
A similar piece resides in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.