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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    AN EARLY ISLAMIC SILVER DISH

    PROBABLY SOGDIAN, CENTRAL ASIA, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY

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    AN EARLY ISLAMIC SILVER DISH
    PROBABLY SOGDIAN, CENTRAL ASIA, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY
    Of shallow rounded form with thickened rim on short foot, the centre with a small roundel containing an engraved winged horse, a character engraved on its haunch, traces of gilding remaining in the engraved lines, otherwise plain, areas of corrosion
    8 5/8in. (22cm.) diam.


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    The winged horse appears in two important works of Arabic literature, the Suwar al-kawakib al-thabita of Abu-l Husayn 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi composed in the 10th century and in the Aja'ib al-Makhluqat of Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini composed in the 13th century. In both instances the winged horse represents the constellation Al-Faras.(Chevaux et cavaliers arabes, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2002, nos. 177-8, pp.214-5). The symbol on the rump of the horse represented in this silver dish is probably astrological.

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