Fragmentary plaque

Fragment of a frieze. Pierced steel. Two medallions containing an Arabic inscription in naskh script.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 17th century
H x W: 7.7 x 26.9 cm (3 1/16 x 10 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Iran, naskh script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Provenance research underway.

Fragment of a frieze. Pierced steel. Two medallions containing an Arabic inscription in naskh script.


Small cartouche:
ya muhyi 'l-amwat
"O revivifier of the dead"

Large cartouche:
wa-salli 'ala 'l-imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba
"and pray for the Imam Hasan Mujtaba"

Published References
  • Fu Shen, Glenn D. Lowry, Ann Yonemura, Thomas Lawton. From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 53, p. 146.
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 28, pp. 195-196.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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