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Basin of Sultan Qaytbay

Object Name:
Basin
Date:
ca. 1468–96
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.565
  • Description

    The reign of Sultan Qaitbay (1468–96), the last great Mamluk sultan, briefly revitalized the declining metalwork industry, but not to the heights of fourteenth century production. The repoussé work that creates the lobed petal‑like form is typical of the late Mamluk period, as are the pincerlike termini of the vertical letters in the inscription.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic; translation:
    -On body: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the most noble King (al-Ashraf), the Father of victory, Qaytbay, the greatest Sultan, the Sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the most noble Kind, the Father of victory, Qaitbay";
    -In medallions: "Qaitbay the most noble King, be his triumph magnified".

    Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
    -Body: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the King, al-Ashraf abu al-Nasr Qaytbay the greatest Sultan, the Sultan of Islam and Muslims, the King al-Ashraf abu al-Nasr Qaytbay, the Sultan";
    -Four roundels: "Qaytbay, the king al-Ashraf may his victory be glorious".

  • Provenance

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

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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