Candlestick

Date: 16th century

Culture: Italian, probably Venice

Medium: Brass, inlaid with silver

Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 7 in. (19.1 x 17.8 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Brass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.637

Description

Both the bulbous profile and assembly of its parts distinguish this European candlestick from its smaller Islamic models. Its surface ornamentation—the scrolling stems, rhomboid knots, quatrefoils, and strapwork panels—however, is similar to Islamic metalwork, especially the work of Mahmud al-Kurdi.

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