It was a gift to my mother in the 1950's purchased from Baghdad. It's made out of some kind of metal alloy like Pewter. It appears like silver when polished and the exquisite ornamentation and braided filigree work gives its worth in craftsmanship. It may have been used to enhance someones appearence of prestige and give a look of status. It may have been used to improve someones appearence as cheaply as possible, perhaps a slave for sale or an actors prop, or perhaps just a phoney tourist trinket made to look older than it is. Whatever its story it has played with my mind for the last 40 years. This object tells me that history stimulates the imagination through wonders it leaves behind. It also tells me that value in an object is multiplied by its art. This object tells me that the artistic style of the object should allow someone to recognise it and tell me where it originally comes from and how old it is.