Artist Islamic, Indian
  • Salt Cellar inscribed with Poem about Salt
Date between 1664 and 1665
Medium copper and tin
Dimensions Overall (including lid): 3 1/2 × 3 3/4 inches (8.9 × 9.5 cm)
Overall (lid): 3 × 3 3/4 × 3 3/4 inches (7.6 × 9.5 × 9.5 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 30.432
Department Islamic Art
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed, in Persian, translated by Massumeh Farhad and Wheeler M. Thackston (August 19, 2009): [translated: A salt cellar as tight as an ant's heart. As long as salt comes into the world it is salty. I sucked its lip and immediately was beside myself. Wine that gives intoxication has salt. A host should first bring a salt cellar to the table. Owned by the sinful slave Muhammad-Husayn, year 1075 (1664/1665 A.D.)]
(Arthur Upham Pope);
1930-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)