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Inscriptional Panel from a Mosque

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
late 16th–17th century
Geography:
India, Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Basalt
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm) W. 77 1/2 in. (196.9 cm) W. each paneL. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Combined weight 91 lbs 41.3 kg) a- 18lbs b-18lbs c-17lbs d-18lbs e-20lbs
Classification:
Stone
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.145
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Arabic Inscription (from the Qur'an, Sura 9 [al-Tawba]:18): "God most High and Holy and Blessed says, ‘Only he shall inhabit God’s places of worship who believes in God and the Last Day, and pays the alms, and fears none but God alone; it may be that those will be among the guided.’"
This panel comes from a mosque, and was part of an inscription that recorded the building’s benefactor and date of construction. It includes a verse from the Qur'an that is commonly used on such dedicatory panels. This example is made of basalt, a type of stone found in the eastern Deccan that was used for decorative purposes in many types of buildings.
Inscription: Carved in relief in monumental thuluth, script reads: "God most High and Holy and Blessed says: only he shall visit the mosques of God who believes in God and the last day and performs the ritual prayer and pays the alms tax and fears none but God, perhaps these are the ones that are guided on the right path." (Qur'an: sura 9, verse 18)
In the upper left hand corner the word "Muhammad" is written upside down.
Arberry: Only he shall inhabit God's places of worship who believes in God and the Last Day, and pays the alms, and fears none but God alone; it may be that those will be among the guided."
[ Vipasha, Ltd., London, until 1986; sold to MMA]
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 128-129, ill. fig. 98 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 95, pp. 234-235, ill. p. 235 (b/w).



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