A khoroasan openwork lamp section Iran 12th century inscription
Lot 50
A Samanid copper-inlaid pierced bronze Vase Persia, 10th/ 11th Century
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,700 - 13,000

Lot Details
A khoroasan openwork lamp section Iran 12th century inscription
A Samanid copper-inlaid pierced bronze Vase
Persia, 10th/ 11th Century
of inverted pear-shaped form with a slightly flared foot, cast and decorated in openwork with a band of roundels containing flowerheads, a trefoil motif within each petal, the borders with interlocking bands of cable design, above a band of inscription in kufic, below a band of rectangular cartouches containing openwork vegetal interlace, the foot with a band of round-ended panels forming an arcade
23 cm. diam.; 16 cm. high

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions read: bi'l-yumn wa al-baraka al-tamma wa surur al-kamila (sic) wa al-sa'ada al-shamila wa al-salama al-baqiya wa al-dawla al-da'ima wa al-'izz li-sahibihi; 'With Good-fortune and full Blessing and perfect Joy and complete Happiness and lasting Health and perpetual Wealth and Glory to its owner.'

    This finely executed work is one of the small group of epigraphic objects of the Samanid period of which the most elaborate was excavated in Khorasan. Features of the group include inscriptions in a plaited, floriated kufic known from Samanid coins. These inscriptions provide the earliest instance of du'as - prayers calling for God's blessings on the owner, with words split to allow for double meanings. The use of the word "joy" in our example can also be read as "esoteric knowledge", as with inscription on the base of a tripod stand in the Kabul Museum. For further discussions of this group and of the inscriptions see Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World 8-18th Centuries, London, 1982, pp. 33-34.
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