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Candlestick base

1342

Mamluk (Egypt), 14th Century

Metalworked brass and silver inlay

height : 17.5 cm ; diameter : 33.5 cm

Notes
Candlestick base of engraved brass with traces of former silver inlay; later cover to base. The decoration dominated by dedicatory inscription to Sultan Ahmad, son of Sultan Mohammad, son of Sultan Qalawun, the inscription interspersed with two roundels with interlaced plants and further laudatory inscriptions; later cover to base (for use as a stand or basin) probably Venetian.

Inscription
Inscription, inlaid, around side of base, in translation:
'Glory be to our lord the Sultan al-malik al-nasir Ahmad bin Sultan al-malik al-nasir Muhammad bin Sultan Qalawun'

Acquisition
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
O.1966.GP.217

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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