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Basin

Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm) Diam. 20 7/16 in. (51.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.590
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic, Mamluk naskhi script; translation: (outside) "Glory to our Master, the Sultan, the King, the Fighter (for the Faith), the Defender (of Islam), the Wise, the Ruler, Sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the Killer of Idolators and Polytheists, the Sword of Islam, `Ali, son of our Master al-Malik al-Mu'ayyad, Hizabr al-Dunya wa al-Din Dawud. May his victory be glorified!"; (in medallions of exterior) "Glory to our Master, the Sultan, the King, the Fighter (for the Faith), the Defender (of Islam), the Wise, the Ruler, the Sword of Islam, `Ali"; (in medallion in center, inside) "Glory to our Master." (Translations by Prof. N. Martinovitch. See Dimand, pub. list.) See Curatorial file for copy of transcription and translation.

    Translations by Yassir al-Tabba: (outside) "Glory to our lord the sultan, the king, the fighter for the faith, the frontier fighter, the learned, the governor, the sultan of Islam and the Muslim, the killer of unbelievers and polytheists, sword of Islam `Ali son of our lord the Sultan, the king, the aided, the lion of the nation and religion Dawud may his victory be glorious"; (3 medallions) "Glory to our lord, the sultan, the king, the fighter for the faith, the frontier fighter, the learned, the governor the sword of Islam `Ali".

  • 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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