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Mortar

Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast and engraved, inlaid with copper
Dimensions:
Gr. H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm) Max. Diam. (at base) 7 3/16 in. (18.2 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.41
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: - Arabic, in Kufic script; on top surface of rim, now indiscernible; band below rim and another at base, benedictions for the owner's safety, good health, happiness, and salvation (see Refs. Kevorkian Foundation, Sotheby's)
    - Translation Yassir al-Tabba, 1978:
    -upper: "Perfect (?) and security, happiness, perfect, survival ... ... ";
    -lower: "With auspiciousness, blessing, dominion, health, and security".

    Around the upper rim in Arabic in Kufic script:
    .../ و التامة و/ السلامة و/ السعادة وا/ التامة/ والبقا لصا
    Around the lower rim in Arabic and Kufic script:
    الیمن و البر/کة و الدولة و الـ/ السلامة و الـ/ السعادة / و الشفاعة
    A.Ghouchani

    The inscription also read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
    Upper والتامه(؟) و السلامه و السعاده و التامه و البقا....
    Lower بالیمن و البرکه و الدوله و العا[فیه] و السلامه ...

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