15 October 2002
The Property of THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, sold to benefit future acquisitions
A FARS SILVER INLAID BRASS BOWL
West Iran, 14th century
Of typical form with rounded base and long sloping shoulder rising to the triangular section rim, the shoulder engraved and inlaid with silver and black composition in the form of oval cartouches containing thuluth inscriptions alternating with roundels depicting paired human figures or mounted horsemen, diaper motifs in the interstices, a band of arcading below supporting arabesque panels, a band of interlace design around the rim, the interior with a stylised fish-pond, most silver now rubbed and vanished, underside with a later owner's inscription
7in. (17.9cm.) diam.
Nasli M. Heeramaneck, donated by Joan Palevsky
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Pal, Pratapaditya (ed.): Islamic Art, the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles, 1973, no.310, p.168, attributed to Egypt.
The inscription reads:
['izz] li-mawlana [a]l-sultan [a]l-'azam malek riqab al-'umam al-sultan al-salatin al-'arab a[l-'ajam] ( glory to our lord the great sultan, the master who curbs all nations, the sultan of all sultans of the Arabs and the Persians).
The owner's name on the underside is that of Muhammad Muqim. Another cartouche contains the single initial mim.
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