Description This unusual green glass weight is among the earliest dated Islamic objects (other than coins) in any American museum. In addition to the name al-Walid, who was the financial director of the Damascus treasury, the weight's inscription, stamped on top in an angular script known as kufic, evokes Yazid III, a caliph, or ruler, of the Umayyad Dynasty (661-750).
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- The Heritage of Islam. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston; California Academy of Sciences Museum, San Francisco; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 1982-1984.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Stamped into surface: In the name of God. He [God] commands honesty. The servant of God Yazid, Commander of the Faithful. Executed by al-Walid ibn Abd al-Rahman in the year 126. Full ratl.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914
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