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Box with Lid

Object Name:
Inkwell with cover
13th century
Attributed to Iran, Khurasan
Bronze; inlaid with silver and copper
Overall: Inkwell + cover together:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Wt. 20.7 oz. (586.9 g)
Base: 35.128a:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Wt. 14.5 oz. (411.1 g)
Cover: 35.128b:
Ht. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Diam. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Wt. 6.2 oz. (175.8 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.128a, b
Not on view
Signature: Arabic; translation: "Made by Muhammad the scribe".

Inscription: Arabic, on lid and body, consisting of a formula of good wishes for the owner; translation: "(lid) Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, health, and lasting survival to its owner"; name of artist inscribed in the three medallions that interrupt this formula: "The work of Muhammad al-Sa"; "(body) Glory, prosperity, dominion, security, and restfulness to its owner". (Trans. Yassir al-Taba, 1978)
The inscription read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
Lid العز و الاقبال و ال/وله و السعاده و العافیه و البقا دائم لصاحبه
عمل محمد الـ...ـاع (؟)
Body العز و الاقبال و الدوله و السلامه و الراحه لصا[حبه]

The name of metal worker written in Kufic script among other words on the top as:
عمل/ محمد/ البیاع
Top in naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال و ال/ولة و السعادة و العا/فیة و البقا لصاحبه
Bottom in naskhi script:
العز و الاقابال وا/لدولة و السلا/مة و الراحة لصا

(A.Ghouchani, 2012)
[ Demotte, Inc., New York, until 1935; sold 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. 78.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 140, ill. fig. 82 (b/w).

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. 78, pp. 200-201, ill. p. 201 (b/w).

Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. Encyclopaedia Iranica vol. 7 (1996). p. 138, ill. pl. VIII (b/w).

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