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Basin

Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm) Diam. 20 7/16 in. (51.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.590
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic, Mamluk naskhi script; translation: (outside) "Glory to our Master, the Sultan, the King, the Fighter (for the Faith), the Defender (of Islam), the Wise, the Ruler, Sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the Killer of Idolators and Polytheists, the Sword of Islam, `Ali, son of our Master al-Malik al-Mu'ayyad, Hizabr al-Dunya wa al-Din Dawud. May his victory be glorified!"; (in medallions of exterior) "Glory to our Master, the Sultan, the King, the Fighter (for the Faith), the Defender (of Islam), the Wise, the Ruler, the Sword of Islam, `Ali"; (in medallion in center, inside) "Glory to our Master." (Translations by Prof. N. Martinovitch. See Dimand, pub. list.) See Curatorial file for copy of transcription and translation.

Translations by Yassir al-Tabba: (outside) "Glory to our lord the sultan, the king, the fighter for the faith, the frontier fighter, the learned, the governor, the sultan of Islam and the Muslim, the killer of unbelievers and polytheists, sword of Islam `Ali son of our lord the Sultan, the king, the aided, the lion of the nation and religion Dawud may his victory be glorious"; (3 medallions) "Glory to our lord, the sultan, the king, the fighter for the faith, the frontier fighter, the learned, the governor the sword of Islam `Ali".
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, suppl. #9.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Five-Petaled Rosette: Mamluk Art for the Sultans of Yemen," June 22, 1995–December 31, 1995, no catalogue.

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