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Basin

Date:
first half 14th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 Bottom Diam. 10 1/2 in. (41.5cm) Top Diam. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.587
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic; translation:
    -Exterior: "May power and prosperity endure and long life to thee, O Master, to thee great in dignity. And glory and renewed good fortune enduring forever for thine eminence, O Master, the excellent and beneficent."
    -Interior: "For his High Excellency, our Lord, the Great Emir, the Learned, the Governing, the Vanquisher, the Defender of the Faith, the Warrior at the Frontiers, the Warden of the Marches, the Aided-by-Allah, the Treasure (Supplier of Stores?), the Helper (of the peope), the Rescuer, the Distinguished, the Regent (or Director of the Kingdom)." (Trans. HMcA 1947 from L.A. Mayer)

    A later translation (source unknown):
    -Exterior: "May glory and prosperity continue and longevity to you, oh master, to you great in dignity and glory and justice, and eternally high glory."
    -Interior: "The high and honorable excellency, the lord, the great prince, the learned, the governor, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the defender of the outposts, the surprise attacker, the supported, the treasurer, the helper, the heroic, the lawmaker."

    Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
    -Exterior: "May glory and prosperity continue and longevity to you o lord, the great and glory, justice and eternally high glory."
    -Interior: "The high and honorable excellency, the lord, the great prince, the learned, the governor, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the defender of the outposts, the surprise attacker, the supported, the treasurer, the helper, the heroic, the lawmaker..."

  • Provenance

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

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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