Description This green glass weight is among the earliest dated Islamic objects (other than coins) in any American museum. The inscription, stamped into the weight when the glass was semi-molten, gives the name of Yazid III, a caliph (ruler) of the Umayyad dynasty (661–750). It also states that “God commands honesty,” an appropriate sentiment for its function as a weight used to measure coins made of precious materials like gold, silver, or copper.
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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 Purchased by Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
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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