Mirror with Split-leaf Palmette Design inlaid with Gold
early 16th century
Turkey, probably Bursa or Istanbul
Iron, inlaid with gold; ivory
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
D. 1/8 in. (0.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1972
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
The polished, reflecting side of this mirror has traces of gold inlay along the edges. On the back, dense spiral scrolls sprinkled with blossoms, leaves, and arabesques revolve from the six-pointed star placed in the center of the poly-lobbed medallion. The handle shaft has a gold chevron pattern and two ivory plaques. A gold-inlaid steel mirror in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is somewhat more deluxe, with a jade handle and inset with ruby and turquoise, but the similarity of ornamentation suggests production in the same Ottoman court workshop.
[ Charles Ratton, Paris, until 1972; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965-1975 (1965-1975). p. 140, ill. (b/w).
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 109, pp. 258-259, ill. p. 259 (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 220, p. 311, ill. p. 311 (color).