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Ewer with Inscription, Horsemen, and Vegetal Decoration

`Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak
Object Name:
dated A.H. 623/ A.D. 1226
Iraq, Mosul
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) W. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm) Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
This lavishly decorated object is inscribed around the neck: "Made by 'Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak, the apprentice of Ahmad al-Dhaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623 [1226 A.D.]." Ahmad al-Mawsili, originally from Mosul in Upper Mesopotamia, was a famous metalworker who had a number of pupils.
Inscription: Arabic; translations:
-Around lower part of neck: "Work of Barr (?) ibn al -Hajji Jaldak, slave (or disciple ) of Ahmad ad-Daki, engraver of Mosul in the year 623".
-Around shoulder (partly obliterated): "Glory, Prosperity, fortune, Happiness..."
-Graffito on bottom: "Dar `Afif al Muzaffari, House of `Afif Al-Muzzaffari." (Trans. FED)

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Lower part: "Continuous glory, everlasting prosperity, peaceful life, perfect health, lasting dominion, luxuriant life, ascending good luck, effectual authority, purposeful good omen, and perfection... to its owner."
-Below neck: "Glory, victory, dominion, dignity, good health, security, virtue, blessing, good health, sufficiency, restfulness, continuance, virtue, pride, happiness, victory over enemies, and forgiveness to the end of (his) life."
-Lower part of neck: "Made by `Umar bin al-Hajji Jaldak, the page of Ahmad al-Zaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623."
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Aga-Oglu, Mehmet. "M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, February 24 to March 22, 1937." In Exhibition of Islamic Art. San Francisco, 1937. no. 190, p. 56, ill. pl. 190.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 11, ill. fig. 51 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 144, ill. fig. 85 (b/w).

Baer, Eva. Metalwork in Medieval Islamic Art. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1983. p. 100, ill. fig. 77 (b/w).

Soucek, Priscilla, ed. Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World : papers from a colloquium in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Monographs on the fine arts, vol. 44. University Park, PA: College Art Association of America, 1988. pp. 223, 250-251, ill. figs. 14-16.

Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. p. 36, ill. fig. 25 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 79, pp. 202-203, ill. p. 203 (b/w).

Al-Harithy, Howyda N. "The Ewer of Ibn Jaldask (623/1226)." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Bulletin of The School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 64, No. 3 (2001). pp. 357-364, ill. figs.1-8 (b/w).

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