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Candlestick Base

Object Name:
Candlestick base
Date:
first half 14th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) Diam. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.569
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic; translation:
-On top: "Of His Excellency, the HIgh, the Lord, the King, the Sovereign, the Wise, the Master, the Just, the Leonine, the Fighter for the Faith, the King, the Victorious... The King, the Sovereign, the Wise, the Master, the Just, the Leonine, the Fighter for the Faith, the Warden of Islam, the Powerful, the Valiant";
-On body: "Of His Excellency, the High, the Lord, the King, the Wise, the Master, the King, the Victorious".

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Top, interior: "The high excellency, the lord, the master, the glorious, the wise, the governor, the just, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the royal, the victorious";
-Top, exterior: "...the master, the glorious, the wise, the governor, the just, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the defender of the outposts, the organizer..."
-Body: "The high excellency, the lord, the master, the wise, the governor, the royal, the victorious".
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calligraphy West of China," March 15, 1972–May 7, 1972.

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