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Candle Stick

Object Name:
14th century
Attributed to Iran
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm) Diam. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscriptions in Arabic on the neck, in the medallions, and on the body; translation of inscription on the neck: "Glory, Triumph, Prosperity, Fortune, Favors, Fortune, Favors (perpetual Glory, Triumph, Prosperity)"; in the medallions: "Be joyful King, the Possessor of Happiness, Salutations and perpetual Glory to the Lord"; on the body: "Glory to our Lord, the greatest King, the great Sultan, the Wise, the Just, the Victorious, the Fighter for the Faith, the Warrior of Islam, the Generous".

Translations by Yassir al-Tabba:

-main inscription: "Glory to our master, the mighty king, the exalted sultan, the wise , the just, the victorious, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the dignified";
-top of neck: "Glory, victory, prosperity, good luck, bounty, and virtues";
-base of neck: "Continuous glory, victory, prosperity, bounty, and virtues".

Top to bottom:

1-In naskhi script:
العز و النصرة و/ الاقبال ا / المجد النعم/ الافضال ا

2- In naskhi script:
العز الدائم/ النصر و[ا]لا/قبال و النعم/ والافضال

3- In thultuth script:
العز لمولا / الغا[ز]ي الما ا/ الصاحب سعادة/ السلام طول

4- In thuluth script:
لولانا الملک [ا]لا/عظم [ا]لسلطان المعظم/ العالم العادل المظفر/ المجاهد المرابط المکرم
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 273.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calligraphy West of China," March 15, 1972–May 7, 1972, no catalogue.

Aanavi, Don. "Western Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 27, no. 3 (November 1968). p. 202, ill. (b/w).

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 273, p. 74, ill. fig. 273.

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