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Mirror

Date:
12th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, chased
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) Depth. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.136
  • Description

    The casting technique for this mirror, known as sand casting, was introduced to Iran from China around the mid-eleventh century. The form, with a prominent central knob from which it could be hung, is also inspired by Chinese models. However, the decoration— with an inscription bearing good wishes in Arabic, a ring of running animals, and a scrolling vegetal design— is drawn from the repertoire of Iran during the time of the Seljuqs.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic, on outer register, in foliated Kufic script; for transcription, see catalogue card/file; translation: (12 good wishes for the owner) "Blessing, joy, happiness, felicity, dignity, victory, uprightness, support, strengthening, authority, praise, and survival to its owner". (Trans. Yassir al-Tabba, 1978)

    Arabic inscription In foliated kufic script:
    برکة و یمن و سرور و سعادة و کرامة و نصر و استقامة و تایید و تمکین و سلطان و ثنا و بقا لصاحبه
    A.Ghouchani


    The inscription also read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
    برکة و یمن و سرور و سعادة و کرامة و نصر و استقامة و تایید و تمکین و سلطان و ثنا و بقا لصاحبه

  • Provenance

    [ Demotte, Inc., New York, in 1931]; [ Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, until 1942; sold to MMA]

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