17th century
Attributed to Iran
Steel; cut
H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
W. 15 7/16 in. (39.2 cm)
D. 1/4 in. (0.6 cm)
Wt. 11.1 oz. (314.7 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, funds from various donors, Josephine L. Berger-Nadler and Ehsan Yarshater Gifts, 2011
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic inscription in nasta`liq script. The inscription reads:“In the name of the one endowed with an army (al-`askar), and the proof of God, the one who will rise for the truth.” This is probably a reference to the eleventh iman Hassan ibn `Ali ibn Muhammad al-`Askari.

In nasta’liq script:
و بذي العسکر و الحجة القائم بالحق
This inscription is part of an Arabic poem regarding the Shi’a Imams. Another part is on a work in our collection. The whole poem is mentioned in TMS. See 1987.14

Daisy Adcock, Iran and England (until d. 1956); her son, David King-Wood, New York (1956–d. 2003; bequeathed to Westcott); David Westcott, New York (2003–11; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.