Plaque with Kufic Inscription, from the Tower of Toghril, from Rayy

Accession Number
1965/1.167

Title
Plaque with Kufic Inscription, from the Tower of Toghril, from Rayy

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
1140 (end of Rajab 534 A.H.)

Medium & Support
iron

Dimensions
4 3/4 in x 31 7/8 in x 1/16 in (12.07 cm x 80.96 cm x 0.16 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
This rare cast-iron plaque was once affixed to the wooden door of the mausoleum of an important ruler of the Seljuk period, Sultan Toghril, in Rayy, Iran. Although written in Kufic, the script is smaller and much less careful than Kufic inscriptions on stone, brick, or plaster. This laxness could be attributed to unfamiliarity with iron casting or to the relatively late date of this inscription, a point at which Kufic script was being supplanted by cursive writing.
Yasser Tabbaa, Guest Curator, ‘Art of the Written Word,” 1/15–6/5/2005

Primary Object Classification
Metalwork

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Islamic
calligraphy
plaque

2 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)

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