A MAMLUK SILVER-INLAID BRASS CANDLESTICK BASE
EGYPT OR SYRIA, 14TH CENTURY
Of typical truncated conical form with slightly raised bands above and below the main register and a later added neck with flaring rim rising from inverted shoulder, the body decorated with a broad band of elegant thuluth honorific inscriptions against a ground of scrolling vine, the calligraphy interrupted by three roundels containing further scrolling vine in a band around a central lotus flower, the later shoulder and neck with similar Mamluk-style calligraphy and roundels, some silver remaining
13¼in. (33.6cm.) high
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The base of this candlestick is preserved in fairly good condition. From the flat surface of the shoulder and up is a later replacement perhaps added at some point in the 19th century. THat has suffered from some knocks and tarnishing but is not part of the Mamluk original. The body itself has similarly suffered from a few knocks and dents, particularly to the raised bands. About 20 of the silver inlay still remains. WHat is there, is in places considerably tarnished, but should be easy to clean. There is still some black infill from the ground. There is a white encrustation in some of the engraved areas, but again this should easily clean. One side of the base has a repaired break that runs from the lower raised band to the upper one (aobut 12cm. long). This has generally been sympathetically repaired although one side still juts out above the other rendering it slightly visible. There is one other (much smaller) split to the brass (about 1cm.) long, which has not been reparied. There are areas of reddish patination and some areas with a pitting to the surface.
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