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Ewer with Molded Inscription

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, greenish; mold blown, applied handle
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/8 in.
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.21.191
  • Description

    This ewer belongs to a group of about twenty similar objects. Nine of them, including this one, bear the same inscription and almost certainly were blown in the same full-size two-part mold. The inscription does not appear to include the name of the patron, but the glass- or mold-maker is mentioned and he remains one of the few craftsmen whose name is known.
    Arabic Inscription: "What was made for the amir in Baghda[d]. The work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Arabic; translation: "Work of Tayyib (or T[a]lib) ibn Ahmad ibn M...(?)" (See Inscriptions.)

    In Glass of the Sultans, when compared to other wares signed by this artist, the inscription is read as: "That which was made for the [emir in Baghda(d)?] / the work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."

    Inscription: Arabic; translation: "(top row) Of what has been made for... in Baghd[ad]; (second row) Work of Tayyib (or T[A]lib) ibn AHmad ibn M...(?)" (Trans. D.S. Rice, see ref.).

    Handle placed over last part of "Baghdad". Some of the important letters of the second line were lost in the joining.

    Inscription added from N.E. cards. (18 Nov. 1959 MH)

    In Glass of the Sultans, when compared to other wares signed by this artist, the inscription is read as: "That which was made for the [emir in Baghda(d)?] / the work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."

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