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Candlestick base

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made in Southwestern Iran

Candlestick base
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This brass candlestick base was made in south-western Iran during the 14th century. Originally, the base would have had a shoulder from the middle of which rose the socket that received the candle. It is not uncommon that damaged metal items were reused in a totally different context. Thus, this object was misidentified in the museum register as a tray stand.

The candlestick is engraved with medallions containing hunting scenes, fantastic animals, cartouches with inscriptions and flowers. Initially the whole objects was inlaid with silver, most of which is now lost.

Candlesticks like this one were made for the court or the upper classes. Inspiration for the figural decoration was often taken from contemporary book painting and frequently related to courtly life and activities. Other candlesticks of this type, but without figural motifs, were also used in mosques and religious institutions.

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