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anthropomorphic

having a human form or human attributes

Hijra

Emigration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in AD 622.

Islam

the name of a religion that is centered on the Qur'an, the word of God as passed through the Prophet Muhammad

motif

a repeated design in architecture or decoration

zoomorphic

a deity conceived of in animal form or with animal attributes

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Neck of the Brass Candlestick Katbugha (Katbuġha)
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This is the neck of a brass candlestick inlaid with silver and gold dating to the seventh century after Hijra (13th century AD), made for Katbugha al Mansury(Katbuġha Al Manşūry)before he became sultan. The neck of the brass candlestick is made of a candleholder and the cylindrical neck itself. The decoration consists of bands of inscriptions in silver, gold, and copper inlay, parts of which have been damaged. One of the bands runs around the candleholder while the second runs around the neck. There are also geometric motifs.

The inscription around the neck is animated with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, the former consisting of armed soldiers fighting. The inscription reads "Perpetual and eternal glory and victory over the enemies". As for the inscription on the neck, this is in Thuluth script and reads "Which has been made by the order of the tishtkhane of the lofty, most high, royal Al Zayni Zayn al Din Katbugha al-Mansury(Al Zaynί Zayn Al Dίn Katbuġha Al Manşūry)". The base of the candlestick is now in the Walters Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in the U.S.A., and both pieces constitute a masterpiece of Islamic metalwork.

Dimensions:  Height 14 cm  Diameter 8.5 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Inlaid

Style:

Bahri Mamluk

Materials:

Brass
Type Type

Type:

Candlestick
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Location: 

Museum of Islamic Art

Created: 

Governorate of Cairo
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Created: 

13th Century AD

Acquired: 

01 Mar 1917 AD
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