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Bottle with sprinkler top

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
second half 12th century
Geography:
Iran, Khurasan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Quaternary alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4cm) Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.6cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998.
Accession Number:
1998.234
  • Description

    Bottles of this form often contained bath oils. The knobs protruding from its sides (prunts) provided a grip should the bottle become slippery. The style of the birds around the top and the presence of inlaid decoration suggest a twelfth-century date. The inscription is formed of abbreviated words in Arabic, wishing the owner well.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Arabic, silver-inlaid, set against vegetal background around shoulder of bottle; in cursive script, the inscription is benedictory and its words, such as "well-being (salama)" and "happiness (sa`ada)" seem to have been shortened rather than written in their entirety. (S. Carboni, 7/14/98)

    [Francesca Leoni, Fellow, 05/02/08]:
    In addition to the shortened, monosyllabe, words al-sa[lamat] wa al-sa['ad]at, there are also al-da[wlat] (power) and al-'a[zza] (glory).

    In naskhi script:
    Most of inscription is damage but some words remains and it seems as:
    السلامة و السعاة و الدولة

    A.Ghouchani

  • Provenance

    [ Manouchehr Aaron, London, until 1998; sold to MMA]

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