A MAMLUK GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS INKWELL, EGYPT OR SYRIA, FIRST HALF 14TH CENTURY
of cylindrical form, the exterior walls inlaid with gold and silver with bold band of thuluth bearing the names and titles of a Mamluk emir on a ground of foliate scrolls between minor bands of chain ornament
4.5 by 3.8cm.
Most of the gold and silver-inlay still remaining although minor sections of the inlay missing as consistent with age and use, on side with a vertical line of wear and damage, underside with some rubbing and oxidisation, small break to lip edge, set in new custom box, as viewed.
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Ex-collection Frances Artuner, Belgium, acquired in the 1960s.
Offered in these rooms, 13 October 2004, lot 112.
Ex-private collection, east coast, USA.
'One of what was made for His Excellency, the High, the 'Ala'i, 'Ala' al-Din 'Ali son of the deceased Malik (?)'
There are many Mamluks with the name 'Ala' al-Din. A glass lamp made for the mausoleum of 'Ala' al-Din 'Ali, son of the deceased Baktamur, is dated by Mayer to post 1329 AD, the date of Baktamur's death (see L. Mayer, Saracenic Heraldry, Oxford, reprint 1999, p.260). The similarity of certain terms on the inkwell and the glass invites comparison. The term walad is usually used to refer to the eldest son, although it could just mean the 'son'.