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Inkwell with Cover

Object Name:
Inkwell with cover
Date:
13th century
Geography:
Iran, Khurasan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; inlaid with silver and copper
Dimensions:
Overall: Inkwell + cover together: H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Wt. 20.7 oz. (586.9 g) Base: 35.128a: H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) Wt. 14.5 oz. (411.1 g) Cover: 35.128b: Ht. 2 in. (5.1 cm) Diam. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm) Wt. 6.2 oz. (175.8 g)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.128a, b
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Arabic; translation: "Made by Muhammad the scribe".

    Inscription: Arabic, on lid and body, consisting of a formula of good wishes for the owner; translation: "(lid) Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, health, and lasting survival to its owner"; name of artist inscribed in the three medallions that interrupt this formula: "The work of Muhammad al-Sa"; "(body) Glory, prosperity, dominion, security, and restfulness to its owner". (Trans. Yassir al-Taba, 1978)
    The inscription read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
    Lid العز و الاقبال و ال/وله و السعاده و العافیه و البقا دائم لصاحبه
    عمل محمد الـ...ـاع (؟)
    Body العز و الاقبال و الدوله و السلامه و الراحه لصا[حبه]

    The name of metal worker written in Kufic script among other words on the top as:
    عمل/ محمد/ البیاع
    Top in naskhi script:
    العز و الاقبال و ال/ولة و السعادة و العا/فیة و البقا لصاحبه
    Bottom in naskhi script:
    العز و الاقابال وا/لدولة و السلا/مة و الراحة لصا

    (A.Ghouchani, 2012)

  • Provenance

    [ Demotte, Inc., New York, until 1935; sold to MMA]

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