Brass; raised, engraved, inlaid with silver and gold
H. 5 1/8 in. (13.0 cm)
Diam. 20 1/2 in. (51.1 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
A limited number of basins were produced with this distinctive scallop-shaped edge during the Ilkhanid period in Iran. Its intricately inlaid surface, worked entirely in gold and silver, comprises figural imagery within a radiating geometric framework. Musicians, courtiers, and polo players are among the diverse and lively inhabitants of its interior. Considering its celebration of courtly pastimes, intricate drawing, and high-quality craftsmanship, this basin was likely created for a patron of high status.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
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