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Ewer with Persian Inscriptions

Object Name:
late 19th century
Attributed to Iran
Steel; forged, chased, and gilded
H. 15 11/16 in. (39.8 cm) Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Louis E. And Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
The form of this ewer goes back to the 16th century, as seen in illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, as well as in album folios from the early Safavid period. Artisans in Iran continued to produce this elegant and timeless shape for centuries. This form enjoyed popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries and was most likely intended to hold wine.
Two gilded cartouches containing inscriptions in Persian decorate the two sides of the body. One indicates the name of the artist (Hajji `Abbas) and the other consists of praises for the beauty and fineness of this object.
Signature: In cartouche at base of spout in Persian: "Work of Hajji `Abbas"

Inscription: In cartouche on either side of body, in Persian in nasta'liq script: "This ewer, which is full of gold and jewels, Is worthy of [being in] the presence of the lord of the country". (AMS 1982)

In aftaba ke pur az zar o jawher/jawaher ast
shayesta-yi huzur-i khudavand-i kishvar ast

Persian poem in Nasta’liq script:
این آفتابه که پر از زر و جوهر است شایسته حضور خداوند کشور است

عمل حاجي عباس

[ Joseph Soustiel, Paris, until 1982; sold to MMA]
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