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Divination Bowl with Inscriptions and Zodiac Signs

Arts of the Islamic World

MEDIUM Copper alloy (brass), engraved with repoussé center
DATES mid-16th century
PERIOD Safavid
DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/2in. (9.5 x 21.6 x 21.6cm)
INSCRIPTIONS Oh God, May They Grace descend upon Al Mustafa Muhammad/Murtada `Ali the virgin Fatima/The grandsons Hasan and Husayn/May Thy Grace descend upom Zayn al-Ibad `Ali al Baqir/Muhammad al Sadiq Ja`far. al Kazim Musa, al-Rida, `Ali al Taqi/Muhammad, al-Naqi `Ali, al-Zaki al `Askari/ Hasan, May Thy Grace descend upon the Imam, al-Mahdi Muhammad. The frieze at the bottom of the bowl includes Sura 48 (al-Fath, "The Victory) from the Qur'an.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson in memory of her husband
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