12 October 1999
A LARGE TINNED COPPER MAMLUK DISH
EGYPT OR SYRIA, 14TH/15TH CENTURY
Of shallow circular form with cusped rim on short foot, the interior with a central roundel containing a naskh inscription surrounded by a broad band of finely engraved arabesques, the sides with panels of naskh and kufic inscription alternating with geometric interlace panels divided by roundels containing a blazon or diaper pattern, slight rubbing to centre
19.1/8in. (48.5cm.) diam.
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The central panel of the blazon on this vessel has the unusual feature of two cups side by side. Two small cups on a larger cup appear on the blazon on vessels made for the emir Janibay (Mayer, L.: Saracenic Heraldry, Oxford, 1953, p.131).
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