Name of Object:
Museum of Islamic Art
Date of Object:
Hegira 872–901 / AD 1468–96
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Ivory; carved in high relief and set within a wooden frame.
Height 9.2 cm, length: 33.8 cm
Period / Dynasty:
An ivory panel set within a dark-coloured wooden frame. The panel itself has a thin strip of ivory around the outside of it and this is placed within a frame of lighter wood. The principle ornamentation of the panel consists of an epigraphic inscription in naskhi script. The inscription is carved in high relief, bearing the name of Sultan Qaytbay and his titles, it reads: 'Our Sovereign, the Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Qaytbay. May his victory be Glorious'. The background of the panel is decorated with vegetal motifs such as tendrils with tapering, lobed buds and split leaves.
View Short Description
This ivory panel bears the name and titles of Sultan Qaytbay in high-relief naskhi script on a background of stems, buds and leaves. Ivory was used in wood inlay, in carvings of fine figurines and chess pieces, and in decorated boxes for storing Qur'ans and other precious objects.
Sultan al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qaytbay (r. AH 872–901 / AD 1468-1496)
How date and origin were established:
In view of the fact that this panel bears an inscription with the name of Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Qaytbay, it is likely that it dates back to his reign.
How Object was obtained:
This panel was brought to the Museum from the Sultan Qaytbay Complex in Cairo, which includes a mosque, a madrasa and mausoleum. This was one of the first pieces to be acquired by the Museum on its inauguration in 1903.
How provenance was established:
The panel was taken from the complex of Qaytbay in Cairo where it formed part of its minbar.
A'shūr, Said Abd al-Fatah, Al-'Asr al-Mamlūki fi masr wa al-Shām [The Mamluk Period in Egypt and the Levant], Cairo, 1965.
Citation of this web page:
Al-Sayyed Muhammad Khalifa Hammad "Epigraphic panel" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;eg;Mus01;3;en
Prepared by: Al-Sayyed Muhammad Khalifa Hammad