This base of a lampstand demonstrates the extraordinary delicacy and power of Seljuk metalwork. It is decorated with Kufic inscriptions bestowing blessings on the owner. Openwork designs of linked roundels and intertwined palmette scrolls adorn the surfaces.
(Arthur Upham Pope)
1930-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA 12, no. 8 (May, 1931).
Islamic, Iranian, Base of a Lamp Stand with Benedictory Inscription, between 1150 and 1250, leaded arsenical brass. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 30.447.