India (Deccan, probably Bijapur) / Architectural roundel / late 16th?early 17th centuryIndia (Deccan, probably Bijapur)
Architectural roundel
late 16th?early 17th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian; Deccan
Creator Dates/Places: India (Deccan, probably Bijapur)
Creator Name-CRT: India (Deccan, probably Bijapur)
Title: Architectural roundel
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1567
Creation End Date: 1633
Creation Date: late 16th?early 17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Sandstone, carved
Dimensions: Diam. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm), D. 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Description: The most striking feature of this roundel is its harmoniously decorative quality created by the arrangement of the calligraphy. The inscription consists of the Arabic invocation Ya cAziz ("Oh Mighty"), one of the ninety-nine beautiful names of God, repeated eight times in mirrored thuluth script. From the shafts of the tall letter a of Ya an interlaced eight-pointed star evolves, while the first z of cAziz, mirrored and knotted, forms a heart-shaped ornament. This roundel probably came from the spandrel of an arch on the facade of a building.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1985.240.1
Credit Line: Edward Pearce Casey Fund, 1985
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1985.240.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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