Candlestick with rosettes inscribed with good wishes

On display

This compact candlestick belongs to a small group of vessels associated with the town of Siirt, in modern-day Turkey. Siirt was home to a metalworking industry in the 13th and 14th centuries and was influenced by the metalwork production of the celebrated city of Mossul. Siirt metalwork exhibited many original features, including the medium and manufacturing technique - cast high tin bronze - and the decorative repertoire. This candlestick has successfully adapted one of the most recurrent ornamental devices of Siirt metalwork - that of eight-petal rosettes. Here the rosette is incorporated in to fine geometric strapwork. An almost identical example is now in the Islamic art collection of the British Museum, London (Museum no: 1955,0214.2).

Details

  • Title

    Candlestick with rosettes inscribed with good wishes

  • Associated place

    Turkey (place of creation)
  • Date

    14th century (1301 - 1400)
  • Material and technique

    copper alloy, inlaid with silver

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    23.7 cm approx. (height)
    at base 21 cm approx. (diameter)
    at mouth 6.6 cm approx. (diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Ralph Pinder-Wilson, 2009.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA2009.17

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