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Brazier of Sultan al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams al-Din Yusuf ibn 'Umar

Object Name:
Brazier
Date:
second half 13th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast, chased, inlaid with silver and black compound
Dimensions:
H. 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm) W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) Max Depth. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.540
  • Description

    Braziers served as portable grills and heaters. The lionheaded knobs with rings provided receptacles for handles to transport the heated unit, while the confronted dragon heads on each side functioned as spit brackets. The names and honorifics mentioned in the monumental inscription identify the patron, the second ruler of the Rasulid dynasty (r. 1250–95). His dynastic emblem, a five‑petalled rosette upon a circular shield, features prominently on both sides of each corner bracket.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in naskhi script on body:

    عز لمولانا السلطان العالم/ العامل العادل المجاهد المرابط/ المؤید المنصور سلطان الاسلام والمسلمین قاهر/ الخوارج و المتمردین السلطان الملك المظفر یوسف بن عمر

    Glory to our lord the Sultan, the wise, the ruler, the just, the defender
    [of the faith], the warrior [at the frontiers], the supported [by God],
    the victorious, sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the subduer of insurgents
    and rebels, the Sultan al-Malik al Muzaffar Yusuf son of ‘Umar

    Inscription in Arabic in kufic script on legs:
    [illegible, but may contain some of the same eulogistic phrases as above]

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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