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Main band, base of neck: "Work of Abu Bakr son of al-Hajji Jaldak, apprentice of Ahmad son of Umar son of Kamil, known as al-Dhaki the engraver of Mosul, in the year 622 [1225 AD]. Long life to its owner." Outer raised rim of candlestick base: "Lasting might and growing success and ?? and ascending luck and God's blessings in eternity and rising luck and helping destiny and sweeping victory and enduring good furtune and perfect integrity and ...[damaged area]...and wide authority and lasting life to its owner." Graffito, inner rim of candlestick base: "The Vestiary of [al-Malik] al-Mas'ud" Graffito, outside of candlestick base, above a pictorial medallion: "For a lady [under the supervision] of 'Afif al-Musaffari"


By 1949, Maurice Stora, Paris; sold by Maurice Stora to Edward Jackson Holmes, Boston; 1950, by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Edward Jackson (Mary Stacy Beaman) Holmes (b. 1875); 1957, gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 14, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift from Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

Dated 622 (H): equivalent to A.D. 1225

Object Place

Mosul, Iraq


H. x Diam: 37 x 34 cm (14 9/16 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hammered brass, incised and inlaid with silver