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A calligraphic pottery tile with abjad date, Syria, circa 18th century
the calligraphy and outlines in black with dark blue bands and details on a white ground under a transparent glaze, set in an old wooden frame, with handwritten collector's note to reverse and printed '44' label
frame: 42.6 by 42.6cm.  
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Provenance

Ex-private collection, Germany, Prof. Karabauer.

Description

inscriptions

'Drink here what is healing'
A foundation tablet for a drain made by a certain Zayn al-‘Abidin given in Arabic in rhymed form, dated in abjad: ishrab huna (hanniyann?) shafa ‘Drink [with] enjoyment, [it] will heal’, which adds up to 981 AH (1573-4 AD).

The handwritten note reads:
'The tile bears a chronogram which carries the date: '...[saying in Arabic]' which is not a date: 'Drink what brings you health' - The combination of the letters [ie the chronogram' gives the date 981 AH/1573 AD' Prof. Karabauer.

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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Londres