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- Previous Owner(s)
H. S. Andonian
The eight-lobed medallion with circular openings between the lobes id decorated with a concentric scroll bearing lotus blossoms and leaves. Placed over the scroll is the basmala "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful," the phrase that appears at the beginning of each chapter of the Qur'an. The inscriptions and the band framing the medallion are overlaid with gold.
The holes around the plaque must have been used to affix the plaque with nails to an architectural element or furniture. The basmala is a popular pious evocation, and this plaque could have been used both in religious and secular context.
Basmala inscription in naskhi script, "In the name of God, The Compassionate, the Merciful."
This ornament is inscribed with the basmala (pious invocation): "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate."
- Published References
- Fu Shen, Glenn D. Lowry, Ann Yonemura, Thomas Lawton. From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 54, pp. 105, 147.
- Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 30, pp. 198-199.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 16.
- Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum: The al-Sabah Collection. London. p. 136.
- Richard Ettinghausen Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. p. 2514f, pl. 1390H.
- unknown article. vol. 58, issue 1. Cover.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
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