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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A KHORASSAN COPPER WHITE INLAID BRONZE LAMPSTAND

    NORTH EAST IRAN, 12TH CENTURY

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    A KHORASSAN COPPER WHITE INLAID BRONZE LAMPSTAND
    NORTH EAST IRAN, 12TH CENTURY
    In three sections joined by bayonet joints, the base with three hoof feet and six drop-shaped indentations divided by three pronounced knops, rising to a separate stem with alternating spherical and drop-shaped bosses divided by pronounced plates, and supporting a separate circular tray with vertical rim with pierced design, engraved all over with elegant naskh and kufic calligraphy and roundels or panels containing birds, harpies or scrolling motifs, some bands of copper inlay remaning, small losses in the rim
    20 5/8in. (52.4cm.) high


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    The benedictory inscriptions read:
    Round the tray in cursive: al-'izz wa al-iqbal wa , al-dawla wa al-'afiya , wa al-kirama wa al-r,aha wa al-sa'ada wa , al-rahma wa al-salama , wa al-tamma li-sahibihi (Glory and Prosperity and Wealth and Health and Generosity and Ease and Happiness and (God's) Mercy and Well-being and Plenitude to its owner).

    Inside the tray in cursive: al-'izz wa al-iqbal wa al-dawla wa al-sa'ada wa al-baqa li-sahibihi (Glory and Prosperity and Wealth Happiness and Long-life to its owner).

    Round the shaft, in Kufic:
    Top band, repetition of mainly: al-baraka wa (Blessing and ....... (one word undeciphered)
    Middle band: al-baraka wa wa al-dawla wa , wa al-surur wa al-baqa (Blessing and , and Wealth and and Joy and Long-life).
    Lower band: al-baraka wa wa al-dawla wa , wa al-suru[r] wa .. wa al-baqa (Blessing and , and Wealth and and Joy and , and Long-life).

    Round the base in cursive: al-'izz wa al-iqbal wa al-dawla wa a, l-sa'ada wa al-r,aha wa al-rahma, wa al-salama wa a , -'afiya li-sahibihi (Glory and Prosperity and Wealth and Happiness and Ease and (God's) Mercy and Well-being and Health to its owner).

    On the joint of the base and the shaft, incised: repetition of al-dawla (Wealth).

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