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Sa'd ibn 'Abd Allah
Iran (Fars province), 1343-53
Brass, inlaid with silver and gold
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
cat. 162
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Candlestick Candlestick

This remarkable candlestick was made for Abu Ishaq (reigned 1343-53), a ruler of the Injuid dynasty that controlled the southern Iranian province of Fars. It is noteworthy not only for its intricate, highly accomplished craftsmanship but also for the large, elaborate enthronement scenes encircling its base.


The silk tapestry to the right depicts a similar enthronement scene, which also may have been based on a drawing.

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Round tapestry with enthroned prince detail Candlestick

Encircling the base of this candlestick are four large enthronement scenes enclosed by medallions.

Two of the scenes depict the ruler seated on a throne supported by lions and attended by members of his entourage. In one, he wears an elaborate Mongol headdress composed of rounded owl feathers and other, spikier plumage—probably eagle feathers.

Candlestick Candlestick

A third medallion shows a ruler and his consort sharing a platformlike throne. The consort wears the conical headdress reserved for Mongol noblewomen and known as a bughtaq.


In the fourth medallion the consort, again wearing the bughtaq, is depicted alone on her throne.


Arabic inscriptions set in cartouches on the base are especially significant as they give the name and titles of a member of the Injuid dynasty, Abu Ishaq (r.1343-53), who succeeded his father, Mahmud Shah, as ruler of the Fars.

At the base of the socket is a diminutive inscription providing other important information. It reads: "made by the feeble slave Sa'd ibn 'Abd Allah."

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