Dedicatory Inscription from a Mosque

Object Name: Panel

Date: dated A.H. 905/ A.D. 1500

Geography: Made in India, Bengal

Medium: Gabbro; carved

Dimensions: H. 16 1/8 (41 cm)
W. 45 5/16 (115.1 cm)
D. 2 3/4in. (7 cm)
Wt. 194 lbs. (88 kg)

Classification: Stone

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Nelson Doubleday and Bequest of Charles R. Gerth, by exchange, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.320


This dedicatory inscription in "tughra" script, dated A.H. 905/A.D. 1500, is from a mosque in western Bengal built for Prince Daniyal, a son of Sultan Husayn Shah. The inscription is an outstanding example of Indo-Muslim epigraphy: the regular pattern in which the vertical letters are arranged and the skillfully inserted, bowlike words that structure the pattern are typical of Muslim calligraphy in medieval Bengal and later in the Deccan