Exhibitions/ Art Object


17th century
Steel; openwork, sawn, drilled, and filed
Gr. H. 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) Gr. L. 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Schimmel Foundation Inc. Gift and Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic, nasta'liq script, in two bands on arabesque and leaf scroll; smaller inscription band containing Qur'an verses, Sura 112:4 and first half of 68:51; larger inscription band, invocation to `Ali.

-Large band: "-ib kullu hammin wa ghammin sa-yanjali bi-wilayatika ya `Ali ya `Ali ya `Ali";
-Small band: "wa lam yakan lahu kufu'an ahad/Wa in yakada alladhina kafaru la-yuzliqunaka lamma sami`u". (Transliteration must be updated to conform to Islamic dept. transliteration guidelines).

-Large band: "[?end of a word, either habib, 'friend' or more likely tabib, 'physician'] Every worry and grief will be removed by your guardianship (or 'friendship,' 'sanctity'), O `Ali, O `Ali, O `Ali";
-Small band: "And no one is equal to Him (Sura 112:4). And those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes when they heard (Sura 68:51 first half)." (Trans. Annemarie Schimmel, 1983)

The missing half of the small band must contain Sura 112:1-3 and the end of 68:51-52; the latter verses are recited against the evil eye. (AMS, 1983)

In thuluth script part of a Qur'anic verse as:

ولم یکن له کفواً احد
وإن یکاد الذین کفروا لیزلقونک بابصارهم لما سمعوا الذکر
Arabic poem in praise of Ali in thuluth script (Nad-e Aliyun):

[ناد علیاً مظهر العجایب تجده عوناً لک فی النوا[یب
کل هم و غم سینجلي بولایتک یا علي یا علي یا علي


Marking: Sticker on back: T/AH over 160 (see catalogue card).
[ Ahuan U.K., Ltd., London, until 1982; sold to MMA]
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