Tray Stand

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

This tray stand exemplifies the work produced for highranking Mamluk patrons. The inscription’s honorifics indicate that its owner was a governor under Sultan al‑Nasir Muhammad (1310–41), during whose reign human and animal imagery lost favor, even on objects for secular use. A few groupings of small ducks are the only creatures depicted. Note on the central band and upper rim the inclusion of six‑petalled rosettes, an emblem sometimes used by this sultan and his amirs.

Tray Stand, Brass; inlaid with silver

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