Inscription: Arabic, in four cartouches: 1. Ahmad, 2. Hamid, 3. Muhammad, 4. Mahmud
These are different forms of the verb hamada, to praise; Muhammad (praised) being of course, the name of the Prophet. F.E. Day, 1952.
Hermann Speck von Sternburg , Baron Speck von Sternburg, (until d. 1908; his sale, American Art Galleries, New York, January 13–16, 1909, lot 365, to MMA)