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Stand for a tray
SKAZsz 1296 MNW
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The 'Warsaw stand' is one of several similar utensils preserved until now in museums and private collections. It represents Islamic art and culture, more precisely Arabic handicraft. The names of former owners (among them was one woman) indicate that this tray stand was considered an object of great value. Furthermore, the motive of lotus flowers, particularly popular in the 14th century, indicates that the stand belongs to a group of valuable Mamluk court utensils, exhibited in various museums around the world.

History of the Object
The owner's names are incised at the bottom of a low flange. The stand belonged in the past to: Abduh (?) Badr Muhammad, Ahmad Ibn Yahya and Huriyya (?) Bint al-Hasan Ibn Hamid ad-Din.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Brass, casting in two separate forms; decoration incised and punched 
Measurements
Width diam. 24,4,cm Height 26 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Egypt 
Geography
Egypt 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century; the Mamluk reigns 
Function
Household utensil. It has a cylindrical fluted body made of two truncated, conical parts with flanges at a base and a top (not preserved). Both parts are very similar as far as the decoration motifs are concerned. Decorated with a large Mamluk naskhi inscription which was once inlaid with silver (preserved to a minimal degree) against the dense leaf motifs. The inscription announces a glorifying designation of any Mamluk emir. This inscription is interrupted twice by large double, concentric circles filled in with lotus flowers and a pseudo inscription similar in form to the word “sultan”.  
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 1947. 
Copyright
Copyright Ⓒ National Museum in Warsaw 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum in Warsaw, state property 
Museum
National Museum in Warsaw 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw 

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