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Tray Stand

Object Name:
Tray stand
Date:
14th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm) Diam. (Rim) 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.528
  • Description

    This tray stand exemplifies the work produced for highranking Mamluk patrons. The inscription’s honorifics indicate that its owner was a governor under Sultan al‑Nasir Muhammad (1310–41), during whose reign human and animal imagery lost favor, even on objects for secular use. A few groupings of small ducks are the only creatures depicted. Note on the central band and upper rim the inclusion of six‑petalled rosettes, an emblem sometimes used by this sultan and his amirs.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic; translations: "Of... His Excellency, the High, the Lord, the King, the Wise"; "The Valiant, the King, the Victorious, the Master, the Just"; translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978): (top) "The high excellency, the lord, the master, the wise (knowledgeable)"; (bottom) "The heroic (the servant of) al-Malik al Nasir, the governor, the just, the helper".

    Corrections by Dr. Abdullah Ghouchani (2008):
    "Of...His Excellency, the High, al-Mulla....(not completed), the Lord, the Wise."
    -Rim: "protect"

  • Provenance

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

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