Ewer with Horsemen Inscribed in Arabic with Good Wishes to its Owner
second half 12th–early 13th century
Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Arabic Inscription: "Glory and good fortune"
Inscription: There are three kufic inscriptional bands: on the interior and the exterior of the neck and the lower part of the body. All of them are in Arabic and express good wishes to the owner of the vessel.
On the inside there is decorative kufic script and on the outside on the rim there is kufic script and reads as follows:
العز الدائم و الاقبال الزائد و النصرالغالب و البرکة و الدولة و السلامة و الکرامة؟ ...
There is also decorative kufic script on the handle. There is an inscription in kufic on the bottom exterior:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d.1917; bequeathed to MMA)
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995.
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. 49, pp. 142-143, ill. p. 143 (b/w).