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second half 14th century
Attributed to Iran
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Gr. Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm) Diam. (at rim) 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic; translation: "Glory to our Lord, the mighty Sultan, who rules over (i.e. puts his foot upon) the necks of the Nations, aided [by Allah] against his enemies, [Sultan] of the Sultans of the Arabs [and of] the Persians (or non-Arabs), ... the Wise, the Just, the Honorable". (Interpretation of inscription by H.E. McAllister. Compare Sarre, Erzeugnisse Islamische Kunst, pt. 1, Metall, no. 42, and other nos.)

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
"Glory to our lord the greatest sultan, the owner of the necks of the nations, the supported, the justest sultan of the Arabs and the Persians... the learned, the just, the dignified".
[ Demotte, Inc., New York, until 1935; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calligraphy West of China," March 15, 1972–May 7, 1972, no catalogue.

Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 87.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 153, ill. fig. 92 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 87, pp. 212-213, ill. p. 213 (b/w).

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