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Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
ca. 1444
Geography:
Egypt, Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Marble; carved
Dimensions:
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm) Diam. 22 in. (55.9 cm) Wt. 290 lbs. (131.5 kg)
Classification:
Stone
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
17.120.6
  • Description

    Large marble jars were used to store drinking water, either for use in a private residence or, as is probably the case with this example, a public building. The inscription on this jar indicates that it was an endowment by the amir Zain al‑Din Yahya al‑Ustadar, who served as majordomo during the reign of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438–53) and subsequent rulers. The jar was perhaps intended for use at the mosque that he commissioned in 1444, which still stands in Cairo.

  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d.1917; bequeathed to MMA)

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