Tray Stand, Brass; inlaid with silver

Tray Stand

Object Name:
Tray stand
14th century
Attributed to Egypt
Brass; inlaid with silver
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm)
Diam. (Rim) 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: Arabic; translations: "Of... His Excellency, the High, the Lord, the King, the Wise"; "The Valiant, the King, the Victorious, the Master, the Just"; translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978): (top) "The high excellency, the lord, the master, the wise (knowledgeable)"; (bottom) "The heroic (the servant of) al-Malik al Nasir, the governor, the just, the helper".

Corrections by Dr. Abdullah Ghouchani (2008):
"Of...His Excellency, the High, al-Mulla....(not completed), the Lord, the Wise."
-Rim: "protect"
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 84.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 84, pp. 212-213, ill. p. 213 (b/w).