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Calligraphic Dish

Object Name:
ca. 1600
Attributed to India, Deccan, Bijapur
Copper alloy; cast
H. 1/4in. (0.6cm) Diam. 5 7/8in. (14.9cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Wendy F. Findlay Gift, 1983
Accession Number:
Not on view
The central inscription on this dish is a slightly altered form of the Shi'i profession of faith and the passages around it are from the Qur'an. This dish is one of a group of about twenty objects decorated with superb thuluth script, the specific function of which is unknown.
Inscription: Center inscription: "There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God, 'Ali is the friend of God"
[ Bashir Mohamed Ltd, London, 1982–83; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part I: Calligraphy," February 26, 1998–June 28, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Radiance: Metalwork from Islamic India," September 25, 2001–May 5, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balcony Calligraphy Exhibition," June 1, 2009–October 26, 2009, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," April 20, 2015–July 26, 2015, no. 155.

Zebrowski, Mark. Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India. London: Laurence King Publishers, 1997. p. 339, ill. fig. 553 (b/w).

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 155, p. 263, ill. pl. 155 (color).

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