University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: NEP116
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Iran
Date Made: 1000-1199 AD
Early Date: 1000
Late Date: 1199
Section:Near Eastern
Height: 8.1cm
Outside Diameter:18.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from H. Kevorkian, 1915
Other Number374 - Other Number


Ivory ground. Iranian king and attendants. Cufic inscription on rim, Exterior inscription in Naskhi letters. 11th-12th century. Arabic inscriptions. Good wishes to the owner. Inside-Kufic: "Power, salvation, justice, triumph, prosperity, glory, wealth, happiness, generosity." Outside- Naskhi: "Induring glory, growing prosperity, triumphant victory, steady happiness, generosity." The Iranian king is seated between red columns of his throne attended by three seated courtiers- a guarding sphinx appears below, with an ibis bird. Rim is bordered by a white Kufic inscription on blue ground. Exterior inscription is black on opalescent grayish buff glazed ground. Rare example.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of Mohammedan Art (15 May 1918 - 31 Aug 1918)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Bishop, Charles W. & Gordon, George B. 1918. The University Museum Section of Oriental Art.View Objects cited in this Publication

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