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Candlestick Base with Scenes of Court Life and Zodiac Signs

Object Name:
Candlestick base
Date:
mid-13th century
Geography:
Iraq, Mosul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; engraved, inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
Max. H. 9 9/16 in. (24.35 cm) Diam. of top: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) Max. Diam. of bottom: 14 1/2 in. (36.85 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.563
  • Description

    By 1220, a vibrant metalwork industry had emerged in the Jazira region, centered on the city of Mosul. Jaziran workshops developed a style distinct from that of Khurasan, although inspired by exports from eastern Iran and bolstered by the arrival of metalworkers fleeing Mongol invasions. Fretwork background patterns and a new variation in scale between figural groupings and medallions characterize this style. Imagery of royal life plays a significant role, reflecting the princely patronage of many of these works.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic, on top; translation: "Praise [belongs to God;] (name of restorer) `Ali son of Ahmad, son of Al-`Abbas" (Trans. N. Martinovitch). This is the name of the repairer. "`Ali son of " is in smaller, rougher script, and may have been added later. There is a possiblitly that the word for praise should be read as the name Ahmad. (M. Sobernheim, 1913-4. HMcA 1940)
    Copy of transcription and translation in curatorial file

  • Provenance

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

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