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Polycandelon


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This lamp-holder was originally suspended horizontally by chains and fitted with six glass lamps. Although quite common in other parts of the medieval Islamic world, lighting devices of this type were rare in Iran, where rooms were lit primarily by standing lamps.
Conservation

The silver and copper inlays were tarnished and oxidized. The inlays were cleaned using acetone followed by an eraser. The cleaned inlays were degreased and coated to prevent tarnishing and the need for polishing.

Date Description Narrative
9/12/2016TreatmentCleaned for exhibition
9/29/2016ExaminationCleaned for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • The Arts of Islam. Hayward Gallery, London. 1976.
Provenance Joseph Brummer Sale, New York, May 11, 1949, Part II, lot 124; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Translation] Glory, prosperity, wealth... well-being, happiness... perpetuity and long life to its owner.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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Period
12th-13th century (Medieval)
Medium
cast bronze, copper and silver inlay
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2363
Measurements
H: 20 1/4 × W: 19 5/8 × D:1 5/16 in. (51.5 × 49.8 × 3.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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