Quaternary alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper
H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4cm)
Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.6cm)
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Bottles of this form often contained bath oils. The knobs protruding from its sides (prunts) provided a grip should the bottle become slippery. The style of the birds around the top and the presence of inlaid decoration suggest a twelfth-century date. The inscription is formed of abbreviated words in Arabic, wishing the owner well.
Inscription: Arabic, silver-inlaid, set against vegetal background around shoulder of bottle; in cursive script, the inscription is benedictory and its words, such as "well-being (salama)" and "happiness (sa`ada)" seem to have been shortened rather than written in their entirety. (S. Carboni, 7/14/98)
[Francesca Leoni, Fellow, 05/02/08]:
In addition to the shortened, monosyllabe, words al-sa[lamat] wa al-sa['ad]at, there are also al-da[wlat] (power) and al-'a[zza] (glory).
In naskhi script:
Most of inscription is damage but some words remains and it seems as:
السلامة و السعاة و الدولة
[ Manouchehr Aaron, London, until 1998; sold to MMA]