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Tray

Date:
1250–1300
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Brass; inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm) Diam. 29 1/4 in. (74 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.603
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic, in naskh, on outer rim; inscription gives name and titles of the Sultan al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams ad-dunya wa'd-din Yusuf, reigned AH 647–94/1250–95 AD, a Rasulid of Yemen.

Translation of outermost inscription, in naskh, by Yassir al-Tabba (1978): "Glory to our lord, the sultan, the king, the victorious, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the conqueror, the defender of the outposts, the aided, the victorious, the aided to victory, sultan of Islam and the Muslims, defeater of the Kharijites and infidels, reviver of justice in the worlds, protector of the oppressed from the oppressor, destroyer of the cruel and the makers of corruption, defender of the abode of religion, sultan Arabs and non Arabs, destroyer of nations... king of the kings of time, Shahrman, hero of the world king of the two seas and the two honored Harams, the Sultan son of Sultan, the king, the aided to victory, the wise, the governor, the fighter for the faith, the defender of the outposts, the warrior, the victorious, the aided to victory, sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the sultan, the victorious king, the sun of the world and religion, Yusuf, may his victories be glorious and may his honor be multiplied". Remaining inscriptions in interlaced pseudo-Kufic.

Copy of translation and transcription in Curatorial file.
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. Jewish Museum, New York. "The Cairo Geniza: Jews & Muslims in the Mediterranean World 800–1500," January 1, 1997–October 12, 1997, no catalogue.

Tokyo. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Earth, Sea, Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 6, 2012–January 4, 2013, no. 62.

Beijing. National Museum of China. "Earth, Sea, Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 8, 2013–May 9, 2013, no. 62.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art. Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 2012. no. 62, pp. 116, 233, ill. (color, b/w).



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