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Inkwell with "Kufic" and "Naskhi" Inscriptions


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This inkwell is inscribed with invocations petitioning God's graces for the owner. One reads: "With joy, divine grace, fortune, spiritual integrity, piety." The sentiment of the inscribed prayers is appropriate for this ceremonial inkwell, which was likely used for writing official acts of state.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/26/1974Treatmentcleaned
3/02/2010Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance [Hamadan Treasure]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] May might and triumph be ever yours, as long as the sun and the moon rise. . . [Translation] With joy, divine grace, fortune, spiritual integrity, piety.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
ca. 1200 (Medieval)
Medium
bronze, inlaid with silver and copper
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.514
Measurements
H: 4 1/16 × Diam: 3 3/8 in. (10.3 × 8.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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