Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ewer, Signed by Ibn Yazid

Date:
688/689 or 783/784 or 882/883
Geography:
Made in Iraq
Medium:
Copper alloy, cast
Dimensions:
25 11/16 x 12 11/16 x 18 9/16 in., 22.707lb. (65.2 x 32.2 x 47.2 cm, 10.3 kg)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi (w\k I\5)
Not on view
This elegantly shaped metal ewer is an everyday object transformed into a sophisticated work of art. The Arabic inscription in Kufic script around the rim identifies the artist: "Blessings to he who fashioned it, Ibn Yazid, part of what was made at Basra in the year sixty-nine." The vessel combines Byzantine-inspired surface decorations with a pear-shaped body, long neck, high-flaring foot, and half-palmette-shaped handle related to post-Sasanian metalwork. The ewer’s heavy form and the faceting on its body and neck suggest a late eighth- or ninth-century date.
Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script, around the rim: Blessings to he who fashioned it, Ibn Yazid, part of what was made at Basra in the year sixty-nine