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Pyxis (Cylindrical Container)

Object Name:
Pyxis
Date:
late 11th–early 12th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; luster-painted on incised, opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
Bowl: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm) Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Lid: H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Wt. 8.5 oz. (241 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.298a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This type of copper‑toned lusterware known as Tell Minis ware is named after a village in central Syria where such pieces were found. Syrian potters used minimal amounts of silver and greater amounts of copper in creating luster glazes, thus endowing the luster with a distinct dark coppery hue. A shortage of silver in the region at the time may have caused a change in the luster glaze recipe.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in kufic script, on exterior of body:
توکل تکفا الصبر عز من صبر قدر
Trust [in God] suffices. Perseverance becomes glory.
[He] who is patient possesses strength.

The second proverb is one of the sayings of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (A. Ghouchani, 2012).
[ Phoenix Ancient Art S.A., Geneva, until 1998; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balcony Calligraphy Exhibition," June 1, 2009–October 26, 2009.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 57, no. 2 (1998–1999). p. 10, ill. (color).

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 8, ill. fig. 10 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 95, pp. 146-147, ill. p. 147 (color).



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