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Plaque for Printing a Pilgrimage Certificate
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Plaque for Printing a Pilgrimage Certificate


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The entire surface of this unusual object is engraved with Qur'anic verses, prayers, and invocations to God, the prophet Muhammad, and other religious leaders. It also contains representations of the Great Mosque at Mecca and the Mosque of Medina, the two holiest sites visited by Muslims during the great hajj, or pilgrimage. Both the writing and images are engraved in reverse, indicating that the plaque was used for printing. The printed sheet would have been a souvenir of a pilgrim's visit.
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Date Description Narrative
10/01/2019Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscriptions]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Early Modern)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.510
Measurements
10 13/16 x 6 7/8 x 1/4 in. (27.5 x 17.5 x 0.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
  • Syria (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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