The throne of Tsar Boris Godunov
Persia. 1604. Gift of Shah Abbas I. Hand-stamped gold leaf, precious stones, velvet with gold-thread backing, wood.
The throne of Tsar Boris Godunov, made in Persia in the 16th century, was a memento of the diplomatic ties between Russia and Persia. This throne is typically oriental in form, with a low back and low armrests. It is covered with thin, handmade sheets of embossed gold leaf and a multitude of precious stones. Among them, the large blue turquoises-the most beloved stone of the Orient-stand out in particular.