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vessel-stamp

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA+.4122

  • Description

    Stamp (vessel): mikyala of lupin seeds (turmus) for a fals. Three line inscription. Made of green glass.

  • Culture/period

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 2.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Translation

        (1) Measure
        (2) of lupin seeds
        (3) for a fals.
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        stamp
  • Curator's comments

    See also OA+ 4121 and OA+ 4123.

    From the same die: Miles, G.C. 1963. ‘Contributions to Arabic metrology’ II (I. Benaki Museum: II. Peter Ruthven collection). New York, 70; Balog, P. 1976. ‘Ummayad, ʿAbbasid and Ṭūlūnid glass weights and vessel-stamps’. New York, 845. Cf. Launois, Aimée. 1957. Estampilles et poids faibles en verre Omeyyades et Abbasides au Musée Arabe du Caire, ‘Mélanges islamologiques’ III, 308; Balog 1976, 846.
    OA+ 4123 is considerably smaller than the die and only received the impression of the central part. OA+ 4124, which also shows only the centre of the legend, may be a product of the same die in an altered state. The die would seem to belong to the group of stylistically similar anonymous ones for different products recognizable by the bold script and extended 'kāf' in mikyala. As stated there it would appear that the group formed a set of commodity stamps which were used in combination with the stamps of executives from about 145-160 AH. This die may well in fact appear paired with an executive stamp of Qutayba b. Ziyād on a piece that was in the Fouquet collection (see OA+ 4088).

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  • Bibliography

    • Morton 1985 483 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    OA+.4122

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