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Calligraphic Dish

Object Name:
ca. 1600
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]
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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