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Ewer base with Zodiac medallions

Object Name:
Ewer base
Date:
first half 13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; engraved, inlaid with silver and copper
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.530
  • Description

    The full zodiacal cycle is depicted in the twelve medallions on the facets of this vessel. Three inscriptional bands, each with a different calligraphic style, also carry traditional blessings to the owner.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic, in bands above and below row of medallions, and on flat top; translation: "Happiness, Salvation, Fortune, Favors, Power, Peace, Prosperity to its owner. Ahmed Babi [the name of the restorer]".

    Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):

    -"Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, security, wealth, and health to its owner";
    -upper border: "Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, security, wealth, health, and compassion to its owner"

    "With auspiciousness, blessing, dominion, joy, happiness, security, compassion, restfulness, dominion, perfect, wealth, health, dignity, and survival to its owner";
    -lower border: "Glory, prosperity, dominion, continuance, happiness, security, wealth, restfulness, compassion, health, dignity, and continuous survival to its owner".

    Top band in naskhi script:

    العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة و السلامة و العافیة و الرحمة لصاحبه

    On the body in kufic script:

    الیمن و البر/ کة و الدولة/ و السرور و/ السعادة و/ السلامة و الر/ حمة و الر/ لراحة و اد/والة و الـ/ مة و النعمة/ و العظمة/ و الکرامة و/ البقا لصاحبه

    On the body in naskhi script:
    ...احمد بابلي

    On the body in naskhi script:

    العز والاقـ/قبال و الد/ولة و الدا/وامة/ و السلا/ السعادةو/ السلامة و/ النعمة و الر/احة و الرحمة/ و العافیة/ و الکرامة/ و البقا دا/لثنا لصاحبه

    A.Ghouchani
    The inscription also read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
    العز و الاقبال و الدوله و السعاده و السلامه و النعمه و العافیه و لصاحبه
    Upper border العز و الاقبال و الدوله و السعاده و السلامه و النعمه و الرحمه و لصاحبه
    بالیمن و البرکه و الدوله و السرور و السعاده و السلامه و الرحمه و الرا الراحه و الدوله و التامه و النعمه و العافیه و الر [و] الکرامه و البقا لصاحبه
    Lower border العز و الاقبال و الدوله و الدوامه و السلا .... و السعاده و السلامه و النعمه و الراحه و الرحمه و العافیه و الکرامه و البقا دائم ... لصاحبه

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

  • See also
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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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