Engraved Lamp Stand with Interlocking Circles

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

The verses inscribed around this lamp stand embody spiritual metaphors comparing the beloved to a candle and the lover to a moth attracted to its light. The verse by an unidentified poet encircling the middle portion of the stand reads:

I said to the candle: "What is this moth around your face?"

It said: "I am the sultan of beauty—what is the desire of the moth?"

Engraved Lamp Stand with Interlocking Circles, Brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black compound

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