Inscription: Transliteration: al-Zahir (Fatimid Caliph, ruling 1021-1035 A.D.) (CKW)
Marking: Carved in low relief around base, Arabic transliteration:
[ Kouchakji Frères, New York, until 1947; sold to MMA]
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