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High-Tin Bronze Bowl

Maker:
Abu Nasr al-Naqqash
Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
11th century
Geography:
Attributed to Afghanistan, probably Ghazni
Medium:
High-tin bronze; cast, chased, punched, engraved
Dimensions:
H. 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm) W. 15 15/16 in. (40.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
High‑tin bronze was an alternative to silver, appreciated for its bright surface, resonant quality, and resistance to bronze disease. This piece belongs to a group of hemispherical footless bowls produced in the Ghaznavid period. The bowl is inscribed in Arabic with maxims, good wishes, and the artist's name.
Inscription: Abdullah Ghouchani:

Inside, Upper: Keep your tongue from speaking and getting in trouble, because problems always come from talking. For every delay there is a book; for every work there is a reward; for every work there is deferment. Work of Abu Nasr al-Naqqash.

Inside, Lower: With joy, blessing, longevity, joy, happiness, power, joy, victory, victory, victory, and joy.

Outside, Upper: Keep your tongue from speaking and getting in trouble, because problems always come from talking. For every delay there is a book; for every work there is a reward; for every work there is deferment. Work of Abu Nasr al-naqqash.

Outside, Lower: With joy, blessing, happiness, and peace.
[Francesca Leoni, fellow: 4-15-2008]

Inside upper band in Kufic script Arabic poem and proverbs and name of metal worker as:

احفظ لسانک لا لتقول فتبتلا ان الکلام موکل بالمنطق
لكل اجل كتاب و لكل عمل ثواب و لكل عمل رجاء -- عمل بو نصر النقاش

Inside lower:
باليمن و البركة والبقاء و النصرة و النصرة و الغبطة

Outside Larger band: same as inside upper
Outside Central star:

باليمن والبركة والسرور والسلامة
A. F. Mackenzie ; Hagop Kevorkian, New York (by 1957–d. 1962); Kevorkian Foundation, New York (1962–70; its sale, Sotheby's London,December 8, 1970, no. 85, to MMA)
von Grunebaum, Gustave E., ed. Unity and Variety in Muslim Civilization. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955. pp. 115-116, pl. 3a, In article by R. Ettinghausen: 'Interaction and Integration in Islamic Art'.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 139, ill. (b/w).



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