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Basin with Figural Imagery

Object Name:
Basin
Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
probably Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; raised, engraved, inlaid with silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/8 in. (13.0 cm) Diam. 20 1/2 in. (51.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.521
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)
London. Burlington House. "International Exhibition of Persian Art," January 7, 1931–February 28, 1931.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part III: Geometric Patterns," March 17, 1999–July 18, 1999.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 119, ill. fig. 56 (b/w).

Pope, Arthur Upham. An Introduction to Persian Art Since the Seventh Century A.D.. London: Peeter Davies, Ltd. by the Shenval Press, 1930. p. 184, ill. fig. 90 (b/w).

Wilson, Arnold T. "7th January to 28th February, 1931." In Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. 3rd. ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 222D, p. 141.

"An Illustrated Souvenir of the Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House London, 1931." In Persian Art. 2nd ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 222D, p. 17, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 152, ill. fig. 91 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1970. no. 165, pp. 184-185, ill. p. 184 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 6, ill. (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 87, pp. 132-133, ill. p. 132 (color).



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