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Lantern

Lantern

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pierced silver box joined with brass

  • Museum number:

    533-1888

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silver box formed part of a standard carried in religious processions. Each side has a central panel containing an invocation. The framing inscription contains the Throne Verse from the Qur’an. The pierced panels are probably earlier pieces re-used in the Qajar period (1779-1925), when the lid was added.

Physical description

Pierced metal box with lid

Place of Origin

Iran (made)

Date

early 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pierced silver box joined with brass

Marks and inscriptions

Throne Verse (Qur'an 2:255)
calligraphy on 4 sides of the box

Ya Ridwan (O Delight), Ya Burhan (O Proof), Ya Daiyan (O Judge), Ya Muhammad (O Muhammad)
central plaques on each side

Dimensions

Length: 18 cm, Height: 14.5 cm, Depth: 14.4 cm

Descriptive line

Pierced steel lantern with calligraphy, Iran, 1800-1850.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

James Allan and Brian Gilmour, Persian Steel: The Tanavoli Collection, Oxford, 2000, p. 280.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Pierced Steel Box
Iran
1800-50

This box formed part of a standard carried in religious processions. Each side has a central panel containing an invocation, while the framing inscription contains the Throne Verse from the Qur'an. The pierced panels are probably earlier pieces re-used in the Qajar period, when the lid was added.

Pierced steel, brass mounts, lid of engraved steel

Museum no. 533-1888 [20/07/2006-2013]

Materials

Silver; Brass

Techniques

Piercing; Bonding; Welding; Engraving

Categories

Islam; Metalwork; Accessories; Containers; Lighting

Collection

Middle East Section

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