Fragment of a Processional Standard ('Alam)

Not on view

Although it has lost its surrounding edge and crest of splayed finials, the heart of this monumental ‘alam still remains. Pious inscriptions in thuluth relief and mirrored arrangements provide the beginning of a prayer for Shi’a imams, and mention names of the Prophet Muhammad and his family. Delicately pierced designs allow pinpricks of light to decorate the surface of the standard and also its shadow.

Fragment of a Processional Standard ('Alam), Brass with relief and pierced decoration

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