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The David Collection
Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century
Cast and engraved bronze, inlaid with niello
This sculptured master piece is dominated by a lion’s head in whose jaws hangs a combination of a handle and a knocker - a ring embellished with a cock. The Kufi inscription on a black niello ground proclaims the Muslim profession of faith: “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. I testify that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the messenger of God.”
"Door knocker" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;13;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 13