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Tray Portraying Courtly Pleasures

Tray Portraying Courtly Pleasures

1240s

Sheet brass inlaid with silver

Diameter: 53.8 cm (21 3/16 in.); Overall: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.386

Location

Exhibition

Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)

Description

This tray features images of courtly life interspersed with astronomical symbols. The scenes contained within large multilobed medallions display an enthroned prince with lions at his feet, a banquet, a hunt, dancers, and musicians. Contained within the concentric circles there are also references to solar and lunar motifs, including figures holding sunbursts and lunar crescents. This tray is made of a single sheet of brass and the silver inlay, which is best preserved on the tray’s inner curve, suggests its original brilliance.

See also
Collection: 
Islamic Art
Department: 
Islamic Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork

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