Mamluk (Egypt), 14th Century
Metalworked brass and silver inlay
height : 17.5 cm ; diameter : 33.5 cm
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, 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'
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
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