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Pen and Ink Box

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Description The wish found in the inscription: "Glory, prosperity, wealth, happiness, well-being and abundance" is formally expressed in the engraved decoration by a hexagram, at this time a symbol common to Islam and Christianity as well as Judaism. For Muslims it was associated with the potent sign on Solomon's seal (rather than David's shield), the magical power of whose shape could draw down divine protection.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined for display; cleaned
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Glory, prosperity, wealth, happiness, well-being, and abundance
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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late 12th century
bronze and silver
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H: 1 13/16 × W: 11 7/8 × D: 3 1/8 in. (4.6 × 30.2 × 7.9 cm)
  • Iran, Hamadan (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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