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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
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass Gathers: The Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery," May 24, 1990–March 31, 1991.

Corning, NY. Corning Museum of Glass. "Glass of the Sultans," May 24, 2001–September 3, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass of the Sultans," October 2, 2001–January 13, 2002.

Athens, Greece. Benaki Museum. "Glass of the Sultans," February 20, 2002–May 15, 2002.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 17, ill. fig.14 (b/w).

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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