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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
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.
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]
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982.

Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Five-Petaled Rosette: Mamluk Art for the Sultans of Yemen," June 22, 1995–December 31, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balcony Calligraphy Exhibition," June 1, 2009–October 26, 2009.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 151, ill. fig. 90 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. "Heating and Cooking in Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 2 (1944). pp. 282-287, ill., P. 287 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammadan Art. Iran Library. Tehran: Bongah Tarjomeh va Nashr Ketab, 1957. p. 114, ill. fig. 53.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 3rd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958. p. 114, ill. fig. 53.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. Publications, 36.. Lahore: The Panjabi Adabi Academy, 1964. p. 114, ill. fig 53 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 55, ill. fig. 39 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 80, pp. 204-205, ill. p. 205 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Collecting the "Orient" at the Met: Early Tastemakers in America." Ars Orientalis vol. 30 (2000). p. 80, ill. fig. 11 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 104, pp. 139, 155-156, ill. p. 155 (color).

Canby, Sheila R. "The Islamic Galleries at The Met." Arts of Asia, Arts of Asia, vol. 42 (September/October 2012). pp. 84-85, ill. fig. 9 (color).



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