In the medallions decorating this candlestick sits a ruler on a lion‑throne with harpies and attendants, and figures holding a crescent personifying the Moon. Arabic inscriptions around the base and neck wish the owner well and list his princely titles, reinforcing the themes of royal authority and prosperity conveyed in the imagery.
Inscription: Arabic, on neck, body, and rim of top of body; (on neck) "Glory, Triumph, Prosperity, Kindness, Salvation, and Favors ... Glory and .. Kindness, Munificence, Favors, and Fortune"; (on top of body) "Prosperity, Fortune, Munificence, Generosity, Favors to the Owner, Happiness, Salvation, Long life" [the following inscription has been added later: "The Owner is Zeineb, daughter of Amir of the believers al-Hadi li-din-Allah"]; (on body) "Glory to our Lord, The greatest King, the great Sultan, the wise, the Just, the Fighter for the Faith, the Warden of Islam, the Generous".
Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978): -Band on neck: "Glory and victory, true prosperity, generosity and praise, virtues, glory, survival, generosity, virtues, dignity, and wealth, generosity, virtue, survival"; -Shoulder: "Generosity, virtue, survival, virtue to its owner, and happiness, security and longevity ... ... Zaynab daughter of the commander of the faithful al-Mahdi li-Din Allah, prosperity to our lord, the king, the greatest, the great sultan, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the honored".
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