Inscription Plaque, Possibly from a Door

Inscription Plaque, Possibly from a Door

c. 1693

Forged steel, cut to shape and pierced

Overall: 27 x 35 cm (10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Weight: 480 g (1.06 lbs.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1994.1


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Calligraphy was the supreme art form in the Islamic world.


This finely pierced steel plaque is said to have adorned the royal tomb of Shah Suleyman II (reigned 1666-93). The Qur’anic inscription reads: "Verily, God and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet" (33:56). Metalworkers exploited the steel’s tensile strength to its highest artistic possibilities.

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