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Tray for a Serving Table

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This small tray is decorated with arabesques and with Arabic inscriptions that bestow good wishes- including good fortune, blessing, wealth, joy, and happiness- on its owner.

Much of the silver and copper inlay is worn thin, lost and tarnished. The tray had residues of old cleaning products and coatings. The surface was cleaned using organic solvents. Additional tarnish was removed with an eraser. The surface was then coated with a resin to reduce tarnishing and the frequency of abrasion polishing.

Date Description Narrative
9/09/2016TreatmentCleaned and coated for exhibition
  • Art of Persia. Ithaca College Museum of Art, Ithaca. 1966-1967.
  • The Arts of Islam. Hayward Gallery, London. 1976.
  • Islamic Insights. Katonah Gallery, Katonah. 1980.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Glory, prosperity, wealth, happiness, [God's] support, entirety, well-being, [Muhammad's] intercession, perpetuity, sufficiency, honor, tranquility [?], gratitude, mastery, victory, victoriousness, superiority, elevation, mercy, ease, health, favor, potency, power, [God's] sympathy, safety, charity, long life and perpetual commendation to its owner.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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late 12th-early 13th century (Medieval)
brass, silver and copper inlay
Accession Number
H: 1 9/16 × W: 8 7/8 × L: 14 in. (4 × 22.5 × 35.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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