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Ewer

Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; originally inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm) W. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm) Max. DIam. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.571
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic; translation: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the Kind, the Victorious, the Wise, the Just, the Fighter for the Faith, the Warden of Islam, the Powerful, the God-aided, the Triumphant, Nasir al-Dunia wa al-Din. / Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the King, the Victorious, the Wise, the Just, the Fighter for the Faith, the Warden of Islam, the Powerful, the God-aided, the Conqueror of the enemies, the triumphant Sultan of Islam and the Musulmans, the Slayer of the disbelievers in God's unity and of the polytheists, the Upholder of justice in this and the next world, Nasir al-dunia wa al-din Muhammad son of late (Qala'un), be his triumph magnified."

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Handle: "Glory to our lord the sultan, the king, the victorious. Glory to our lord the sultan."
-Shoulder: "Glory to our lord the sultan, the king, the helper to victory, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the defender of the frontiers, the aided to victory, the supporter of the world and religion."
-Body: "Glory to our lord the sultan, the king, the victorious, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the defender of the frontiers, the aided, the victorious, the warrior, the aided to victory, the sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the killer of infidels and polytheists, the reviver of justice in the worlds, the supporter of the world and religion, Muhammad son of the forgiven by God (deceased), may his victory be glorious."

Slightly different version of translation, also by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Lower body: "Glory to our lord, the sultan, the king, the helper to victory, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the defender of the frontiers, the aided, the victorious, the warrior, the aided to victory, the sultan, the king, the helper to victory, the supporter of the world and religion, may his victory be glorious."
-Handles: "Glory to our lord the sultan, al-Malik al-Nasir, the wise, the just, the fighter for the faith, the warrior, the defender of the outposts, the supported, the aided to victory, Nasir al-Dunya wa-al-Din."
-Body: Same as the above from "Glory ... the supported," then, "the victorious, the conqueror, the aided to victory, the sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the killer of infidels and polytheists, the reviver of justice in the worlds, Nasir al-Dunya wa-al-Din Muhammad, son of the deceased, may his victory be glorious".
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Nickel, Helmut. "A Mamluk axe." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 222, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).



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