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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 14 x 38.5 x 0.2 cm (5 1/2 x 15 3/16 x 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The plaque is long and broad and bears an openwork decoration consisting of an inscription surrounded by a vine motif. A plain border 8 mm wide forms the edge of the plaque. A small fragment of gilding is present at one end of the border; the gilding was attached by mechanical means and was applied to a surface scored with crosshatching. The crosshatching runs along most of the outer perimeter of the border, extending in a few millimeters from the edge; this feature suggests that the border once had a gilded edge. The front surface is mottled silver and brown color; the back surface is uniformly dark brown.
  • Inscriptions

    1. (Massumeh Farhad, 7 July 1997) The inscription reads as follows: "And of him of the military and the proof, that stands by the truth." In Arabic: "...vand al askary va hojatah al qa'em ba."
  • Provenance

    Kitabchi (died 1976), Iran and Lausanne, Switzerland [1]
    From 1997
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. Susanne Vallabh, Nyon, Switzerland through Hamid Atighetchi, London, in 1997 [2]
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 3, Massumeh Farhad, July 7, 1997, in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kitabchi (died 1976)
    Mrs. Susanne Vallabh
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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