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frieze

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1826,0708.1

  • Description

    Frieze of basalt with part of an inscription with the titles of the Bengal Sultān Sayf al-Dīn Firūz Shāh (AH 893-896).

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27.2 centimetres
    • Length: 47.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Language

        Arabic
      • Inscription Transliteration

        [Current reading with reconstructions]
        عهد الساطان الزمان) المؤيد)
        بتائيد الديان امجاهد فئ
        سبيل الرحمن خليفة اللّه
        بالحجة و البرهان سيف
        الدنيا (والد) ين
        ...


        [Text as transcribed in Bengal in the early nineteenth century]
        المويد الدنيا و الدين المجاهد في سبيل الله
        ......خليفة الرحمن السلطان باالحجة و البرهان سيف الدنيا و الدين
      • Inscription Translation

        ....[during the reign of the Sultān of the age] who is strengthened by the assistance of the Supreme Judge, the Warrior in the Path of the Merciful, the Caliph of God by proof and evidence, Sayf al-Dunyā [wa al-] Dīn [Ābu'l Muzaffar Firūz Shāh Sultān, may God perpetuate his kingdom and authority]...
      • Inscription Comment

        Arabic text as written in Bengal in the early 19th century and preserved in Letters on Antiquities (G&R) no. 126 'Hindostanee Inscriptions from Gour'. The reading is not entirely correct.
  • Curator's comments

    Blue slip based on old Franks notebooks gives 1826.7-8 ('Eight arabic inscriptions on slabs of black marble from the ruins of Gaur. Col Wm Franklin').

    Letters on Antiquities (G&R) no. 126 'Hindostanee Inscriptions from Gour' [11 November 1826] shows there were three inscriptions in total from Franklin; the 'eight' in Franks's notebooks being the total number of fragments. The latter document attributes the present inscription to the Firūz Minār at Gaur.

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  • Bibliography

    • Sinha 2001 p. 134 bibliographic details
    • Hasan 1983 pp. 21-28, plate 6 [reversed] bibliographic details
  • Location

    G34/Excase

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1826

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1826,0708.1

  • Additional IDs

    • OA+.6415
Inscription. Part of an inscription with the titles of the Bengal Sultan Abu'l Muzaffar Yusuf Shah bin al Sultan Barbak (1474-81).

Inscription. Part of an inscription with the titles of the Bengal Sultan Abu'l Muzaffar Yusuf Shah bin al Sultan Barbak (1474-81).

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