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Candlestick with Horsemen and Arabic Inscriptions Conveying Good Wishes and Blessings Upon the Sultan

Object Name:
Candlestick
Date:
13th–14th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast, engraved, and originally inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
Gr. H. 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm) Gr. diam. (at base) 10 1/16 in. (25.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.525
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic on neck, shoulder, and body. Translation of text on neck: "Fortune, Favors, Glory, Triumph, Prosperity, and Munificence... Glory, Victory, Prosperity, Munificence, Fortune, Favors, Happiness, and Salvation"; translation on body: "Glory to our Lord, the greatest King, the great Sultan of tribes and the Sultan of Sultans".

    Translations by Yassir al-Tabba (1978?):
    -neck: "Generosity and bounty... . Wealth and helpers... .Glory, victory, and prosperity";
    -shoulder: "Generosity, bounty, wealth, and helpers to the just... . Glory, victory and prosperity";
    -body: "Glory to our lord the king, the greatest, the exalted sultan, the owner of the necks of the nations, the sultan of sultans, Glory".

    From top to bottom:

    1- in naskhi script:
    العز و النصرة و الاقبال / و الکرم و الجود الـ / النعم و الافضال و السعادة

    2- decorative calligraphy

    3- In naskhi script:

    العز و النصرة [ا]لاقبال الـ… / و الکرم و الجود الـ / النعم و الافضا/ل و السعادة و السلامة و الدا
    4- In naskhi script:

    العز و النصرة و الاقبال الکر/ الجود والنعم و الافضال و ا/ والسعادة و السلامة و الد/ولة

    5- In thuluth script:
    عز لمولانا الملک ا[لا]عظم ا/ السلطان المعظم مالک رقاب ا/ لامم [ا]لسطان [ا]لسلاطین العرب ا

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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