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Calligraphic Plaque

Object Name:
Plaque
Date:
probably late 17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Steel; forged and pierced
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) W. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.14
  • Description

    This cartouche‑shaped plaque was created from a single sheet of solid steel, whose wide, flat border encloses a hemistich referring to Fatima and her sons. The text is part of a versification of the names of the chahardah ma'sum, or the fourteen infallible ones (the Prophet, Fatima, and the twelve imams). Such plaques, which served both a decorative and invocative function, were often set in the doors of shrines, mosques, and theological schools.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in thuluth script:
    و بزهراء بتول و باُم ولدتها
    And by Zahra’ the Immaculate One and the Mother who bore her
    بنبي عربي و رسول مدني و اخيه اسد الله مسمي بعلي
    و بزهراء بتول و باُم ولدتها و بسبطيه هما نجل و زكي
    و بالسجاد و بالباقر و الصادق حقاً و بموسي و علي و تقي و نقي
    و بذي العسكر الحجة القائم بالحق الذي يضرب بالسيف بحكم ازلي

  • Provenance

    Sir Charles Marling, England (early 1900s–at least 1931); Marling family, England, by descent (until 1987); [ Ahuan U.K., Ltd., London, 1987; sold to MMA]

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