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Candlestick with Arabic Inscriptions in Thuluth, Naskh, and Kufic Scripts

Arts of the Islamic World

The Arabic inscription on the body of this candlestick reads, “Perpetual glory and prosperity and long life to you, O great master [of] long-lived fame. Fame and glory and long life. Nobility everlasting.” An abbreviated inscription appears on the socket: “Glory and prosperity and and [sic] long life to you, O great master of long-lived fame.” The Mamluk period in Egypt and Syria, when this candlestick was made, was characterized by the prolific patronage of such glorious metalwares for imperial, ceremonial, and personal use.
MEDIUM Copper alloy, punched, engraved, and inlaid with silver
DATES first half of the 14th century
DYNASTY Mamluk
PERIOD Mamluk Period
DIMENSIONS 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm) diameter: 11 in. (27.9 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS The Arabic inscription on the base of this candlestick reads, "Perpetual glory and prosperity and long life to you, O great master [of] long lived fame. Fame and glory and long life. Nobility everlasting." An abbreviated inscription appears above on the candlestick's socket: "Glory and prosperity and and [sic] long life to you, O great master of long-lived fame."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 86.227.197
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Candlestick with Arabic Inscriptions in Thuluth, Naskh, and Kufic Scripts, first half of the 14th century. Copper alloy, punched, engraved, and inlaid with silver, 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.197. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.227.197_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 86.227.197_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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