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Printing Plaque

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The entire surface of this printing matrix 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 hajj, or pilgrimage. Both the writing and images are engraved in reverse because the plaque was used for printing. The resulting prints were dense but legible compositions in the form of hilye, or a kind of calligraphic image, which could then be hung in a space to bestow blessings.
Date Description Narrative
10/01/2019Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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19th century (Modern)
Accession Number
10 13/16 x 6 7/8 x 1/4 in. (27.5 x 17.5 x 0.6 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
  • Syria (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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