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Tray with Sun Symbol

Object Name:
Plate
Date:
14th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast, chased, engraved, inlaid with silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Diam. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1717
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
A sun symbol occupies the center of this plate, but instead of the planets orbiting it, we find musicians and other courtly figures. Here, the sun may symbolize earthly power and physical strength rather than a heavenly body.
J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art," February 4, 1997–August 31, 1997.

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 1, pp. 8-9, ill. (b/w).



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