Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

Poetry and Prayer

Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

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Inkwell

Muhammad ibn Abu Sahl al-Harawi
Eastern Iran, ca. 1200


This inkwell is inscribed with invocations petitioning God’s graces for the owner. The sentiment of the inscribed prayers is appropriate for this ceremonial inkwell, which was likely used for writing official acts of state.

Bronze inlaid with silver and copper
54.514, acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

For a discussion of this inkwell read: A. S. Melikian-Chirvani, State Inkwells in Islamic Iran, The Journal of the Walters Art Museum , Vol. 44, 1986