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Ring Weight

Object Name:
Ring weight
Attributed to Egypt
Glass; tooled and stamped
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm) W. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Wt. 13.465 oz. (381.769 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic (two identical stamps). Translation (SH 2011):
In the name of God, the Merciful Benefactor, / (God ordered with justice and) honesty / (and therefore) ordered this 'Abdallah /Ja'far, the Imam al-Mutawakkil /('ala Allah) the Commander of the Believers (May) God (prolong his) life.

Marking: Two stamps (see Inscriptions)
[ Michael Casira, Cairo, until 1908; sold to A.M. Lythgoe for MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," March 14, 2012–July 8, 2012, no. 96.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 53, ill. fig. 74 (color).

Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 96, pp. 146-7, ill. (color).

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