Metalworking is one of the many decorative arts that has always been highly prized in the Islamic world. The transformation of an inert metal into a glittering and precious object was a valued process. Islamic metal craftsmen, heirs to the tradition set by the Sassanid and Byzantine civilizations, among others, perpetuated and then reinterpreted these skills. Unfortunately, the art of metalwork is becoming more and more rare and the quality of workmanship is no longer what it once was with a few exceptions.
Item Number: 475
Country of Origin: Syria
Material: Engraved Copper
Tray Size: 57 cm
Stand Height: 43 cm
Calligraphy: Calligraphy was done by a contemporary Lebanese calligrapher on antique brass tray. The main text of calligraphy is Ayat al-Kursi:
God, there is no god, except Him, the Living, the Eternal Sustainer. Slumber does not seize Him, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth; who is there, that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them, and what is after them; and they encompass nothing of His knowledge, save such as He wills. His throne subsumes the heavens and the earth; the preserving of them wearies Him not; He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.