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11th–12th century
Attributed to probably Iran
Bronze; cast and engraved
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Wt. 23.2 oz. (657.8 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Nelly, Violet and Elie Abemayor, in memory of Michel Abemayor, 1978
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic, in floriated kufic script on interior of everted rim, in naskh on two bands on exterior of rim, in thuluth on upper rim.

Kufic inscription translation: "Blessings for the owners; the word al-salama, "well-being";
al-sa`ada, "happiness", al-`izz, "glory"; lisahibihi "to its owner" can be deciphered, the rest is illegible. There is a little engraved inscription beneath this, which seems to defy reading.

Partial translation of larger naskh inscription: "Might, prosperity, elevation, good fortune, plentitude, ... victory, ... diligence ... "

Thuluth inscription translation of legible words (blessings): "Constant glory, ncreasing fortune ... happiness ... victory ... The inner circle is barely legible. (Trans. Annemarie Schimmel, 28 February 1986)
Michel E. Abemayor, New York (until d. 1975); Nelly, Violet, and Elie Abemayor, Great Neck, NY (1975–78; gifted to MMA)
Soucek, Priscilla, ed. Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World : papers from a colloquium in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Monographs on the fine arts, vol. 44. University Park, PA: College Art Association of America, 1988. pp. 69, 83, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

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