A monumental bronze Royal Tent Support
Persia or Central Asia, late 12th Century
of cylindrical form, open at either end, cast in a single piece with four concentric rings to base, rim and central section, engraved to upper and lower sections with bold repeating inscriptions in thuluth alternating with roundels, the central section with elegant frieze of running lions alternating with roundels on a scrolling ground
54cm. x 38cm. diam.; weight 82kg.