Base of a Lamp Stand with Benedictory Inscription, between 1150 and 1250

  • Islamic, Iranian

Leaded arsenical brass

  • Framed: Overall: 12 1/4 × 19 13/16 inches (31.1 × 50.3 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase

30.447

On View

  • Islamic N120

Department

Islamic Art

  • Palmettes
  • Arabesques
  • Base (object component)
  • Lamp (lighting device component)
  • Circular
  • Leaded
  • Brass
  • Hooves
  • Iran
  • Persia
  • Birds

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.

Provenance

(Arthur Upham Pope); 1930-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Bulletin of the DIA 12, no. 8 (May, 1931).

Rights Status

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.