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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
c. Hegira 800 / c. AD 1400
Silver-inlaid copper alloy
Diameter max.: 12cm x 11.7cm
Egypt / Syria
Lidded containers, or pyxis, were used to hold writing instruments and other objects of value. The monumental inscription wrapped around this brass container is a dedication to an officer of a Mamluk sultan. Although it does not mention the person's name, it declares that they are “His exalted Excellency, the Possessor, the Holy Warrior, the Diligent, the High, the Just, the Defender”.
It was owned by Manuel Peiruza, based in Barcelona and London. He was a prominent collector of Chinese ceramics, Spanish pottery and Islamic metalwork. After the recession of 2007 he decided to sell his collection of 55 Islamic metalwork to IAMM through Amir Mohtashemi.
Heba Nayel Barakat, Introduction to Islamic Arts - Calligraphy from the Collection of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: IAMM Publications, 2008: 72-73.
"Pyxis" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;my;Mus21;18;en
MWNF Working Number: MY1 18