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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 140

    A MAMLUK CARVED WOODEN PANEL

    EGYPT OR SYRIA, LATE 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A MAMLUK CARVED WOODEN PANEL
    EGYPT OR SYRIA, LATE 14TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular form, with two cusped cartouches filled with carved bold naskh inscription, between them a calligraphic roundel, some damages to the extremities and wear to the edges
    4½ x 25 1/8in. (11.5 x 63.7cm.)


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    The main inscription reads: 'izz li-mawlana al-sultan al-zahir barquq a'azza allah nasrahu (Glory to our Lord, al- Sultan al-Zahir Barquq, may God glorify his victory).
    In the roundel: al-sultan al-malik al-sultan/barquq 'azza nasrahu (The Sultan, the King, al-Sultan Barquq, may his victory be glorified).
    Al-Malik al-Sultan Barquq al-Yalbughawi, Sayf al-Din had two reigns, 1382-1389 and 1390-1399 AD.

    A number of wooden panels inscribed with the name and titles of Sultan Al-Malik al-Zahir Barquq, coming from the mosque he finished in 1386, are preserved in the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo (Jean David-Weill, Catalogue Général du Musée Arabe du Caire, bois à épigraphes depuis l'époque mamelouke II, Cairo, 1936, esp.nos.1622-1624, pls.IX and X). The calligraphy on the present lot is not quite as refined as those, and it is probable that it came from one of this monarch's less important foundations.

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    Provenance

    Jean-Paul Croisier, Geneva, from whom purchased by the present owner.