Inkwell with the Name of Amir 'Abdullah ibn al-Hasan Pars
probably 11th century
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Diam. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1940
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
"Floriated kufic" is a style of writing in which the angular letters of the kufic script are melded with curvilinear plant forms that fill the spaces between the letters. The letters themselves remain relatively unchanged, except for some terminal letters that end in upstrokes instead of facing down.
Inscription: Arabic; translation: "The client the Amir `Abdallah ibn El-Hasan pars/nars[?]"
(Francesca Leoni, Fellow, 11-16-2007) Arabic; translation: "The client the Amir 'Abdallah ibn al-Hasan Pars"
In Kufic script:
یارس؟ مولی الامیر عبدالله بن الحسن
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Baer, Eva. "An Islamic inkwell in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 199.
Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. p. 87, ill. fig. 105 (b/w).