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Ewer with Inscription, Horsemen, and Vegetal Decoration

`Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
dated A.H. 623/ A.D. 1226
Geography:
Iraq, Mosul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) W. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm) Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.586
  • Description

    This lavishly decorated object is inscribed around the neck: "Made by 'Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak, the apprentice of Ahmad al-Dhaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623 [1226 A.D.]." Ahmad al-Mawsili, originally from Mosul in Upper Mesopotamia, was a famous metalworker who had a number of pupils.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic; translations:
    -Around lower part of neck: "Work of Barr (?) ibn al -Hajji Jaldak, slave (or disciple ) of Ahmad ad-Daki, engraver of Mosul in the year 623".
    -Around shoulder (partly obliterated): "Glory, Prosperity, fortune, Happiness..."
    -Graffito on bottom: "Dar `Afif al Muzaffari, House of `Afif Al-Muzzaffari." (Trans. FED)


    Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
    -Lower part: "Continuous glory, everlasting prosperity, peaceful life, perfect health, lasting dominion, luxuriant life, ascending good luck, effectual authority, purposeful good omen, and perfection... to its owner."
    -Below neck: "Glory, victory, dominion, dignity, good health, security, virtue, blessing, good health, sufficiency, restfulness, continuance, virtue, pride, happiness, victory over enemies, and forgiveness to the end of (his) life."
    -Lower part of neck: "Made by `Umar bin al-Hajji Jaldak, the page of Ahmad al-Zaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623."

  • Provenance

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

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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