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Inkwell with the Name of Amir 'Abdullah ibn al-Hasan Pars

Object Name:
probably 11th century
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Bronze; cast
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Diam. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
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

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006, no catalogue.

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).

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