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Ewer with Molded Inscription

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, greenish; mold blown, applied handle
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) Wt. 1.8 oz. (50 g)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.21.191
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This ewer belongs to a group of about twenty similar objects. Nine of them, including this one, bear the same inscription and almost certainly were blown in the same full-size two-part mold. The inscription does not appear to include the name of the patron, but the glass- or mold-maker is mentioned and he remains one of the few craftsmen whose name is known.
Arabic Inscription: "What was made for the amir in Baghda[d]. The work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."
Signature: Arabic; translation: "Work of Tayyib (or T[a]lib) ibn Ahmad ibn M...(?)" (See Inscriptions.)

In Glass of the Sultans, when compared to other wares signed by this artist, the inscription is read as: "That which was made for the [emir in Baghda(d)?] / the work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."

Inscription: "What was made for the emir in Baghda[d?]. The work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."

In "Glass of the Sultans", when compared to other wares signed by this artist, the inscription is read as: "That which was made for the [emir in Baghda(d)?] / the work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1937
Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 14, pp. 87-88, ill. p. 87 (color).



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