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Ewer

Date:
ca. 1180–1210
Geography:
Iran or Afghanistan, Khurasan or Herat
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; raised, repoussé, inlaid with silver and a black compound
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) Diam 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
This ewer comes from a group of silver-inlaid brass vessels of similar shape and size decorated with a variety of imagery. While most of the examples have fluted sides and repoussé lions on their neck, the crowned harpies on the shoulder of this piece and the astrological imagery on its body heighten the auspiciousness of its ornament. Set in medallions of twisting vines terminating in rabbits’ heads, each zodiac sign appears with its ruling planet, enhancing its cosmic message.
Inscription: (In Arabic; on neck, top, in human-headed naskhi script): "Glory, prosperity, power, growth, happiness, survival"

(In Arabic; on neck, middle band, in human-headed naskhi script): "Glory, prosperity, power, permanent survival to the owner"

(In Arabic; on neck, bottom band, in kufic script): "With joy, blessing, power, blessing, comfort, and stability"

(In Arabic; on shoulder, in human-headed naskhi script): "Glory, prosperity, power, happiness, well-being, vigor, comfort, praise, permanent survival"

(In Arabic; on handle, in kufic script): "Glory and prosperity"

(In Arabic; on the bottom): "his owner [is] Fulad bin Mirak".

Neck, In Naskhi script:
1- العز و الاقبال و الدولة و البقا دائم لصاحبه
2- العز و الاقبال و الدولة و النامیة و السعادة و البقا
3-In Kufic script:
بالیمن و البرکة و الدولة و البرکة و الراحة و البقا
On shoulder in Naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة و السلامة و العافیة و النعمة و الشاکرة و البقا دائم
On handle:
العز و الاقبال
Bottom
صاحبه فولاد بن میرک
A.Ghouchani
The inscription also read by Yassir al=Tabbaa as:
Neck, top: العز و الاقبال و الدولظ و ... و السعادة و البقا
Neck, middle: العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة لصاحبه
Neck, bottom: بالیمن و البرکة و الدولة و البرکة و الراحة و البقا
Shoulder: العز و الاقبال و الدولظ و السعادظ و السلامة و العافیة و النعمة و الشاکر(؟) و البقا[ء] و العمر
J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate, 1913–44; sold to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 139, ill. fig. 81 (b/w).

"Seljuk Bronzes from Khurasan." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 4 (November 1945). pp. 87-92, ill. pp. 88-89 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1970. no. 162, p. 183, ill. (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 19 (b/w).

Baer, Eva. Metalwork in Medieval Islamic Art. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1983. p. 97, ill. fig. 74 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 42-43, ill. fig. 29 (color).

Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 118, pp. 200-201, ill. p. 200 (color), figs. 79-81 (details).

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 316, ill. fig. 12 (color).

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 9, pp. 24-25, ill. (b/w).



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