Sheet brass inlaid with silver
Overall: 24.4 cm (9 5/8 in.); Diameter of base: 21.3 cm (8 3/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.539
Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)
Candlesticks were a common type of luxury good in the Islamic world during the medieval period. The extensive decoration on this piece is arranged in bands with roundels displaying birds in flight and leaf-like scrolls on a background of hexagonal swastikas. These ancient motifs are thought to have been sun symbols and were sometimes used as a background pattern for metalwork at this time.
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