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Ewer with Inscriptions and Hunting Scenes

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
11th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, engraved
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.240
  • Description

    This is a remarkably elaborate and fine example of a little-known type of ewer. Of special note are the pomegranate finial on the handle and the scenes on the body, which include a man and a saluki hunting dog chasing a hare, and a man fighting a lion, both set against a background of circular, spiraling floral scrolls. The Arabic inscriptions on the neck and shoulder read: "With auspiciousness, blessing, prosperity and joy," and "With auspiciousness, blessing, joy, happiness, and peace."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic; on body, in naskhi script: "[Wishes for] happiness, blessing, joy, felicity, prosperity"; on neck, in kufic script: "[Wishes for] happiness, blessing, ... , felicity, prosperity". (Trans. HMcA)
    Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
    -Neck: "With auspiciousness, blessing, prosperity, and joy";
    -Shoulder: "With auspiciousness, blessing, joy, happiness, and security".
    In kufic script:
    بالیمن و البرکة و السرور
    In naskhi script:
    بالیمن و البرکة و السرور و السعادة و السلامة

    A.Ghouchani

    The inscription also read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
    Neck بالیمن [و] البرکة و الاقبال و السرور
    Shoulder بالیمن و البرکة و السرور و السعادة و السلامة

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