Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bucket with Running Animals

Date:
11th-12th century
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Brass, cast and engraved; handle cast separately and hammered into shape
Dimensions:
H: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm); diam: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
The British Museum, London (1953,0217.1)
Not on view
On this bucket made during the Islamic period, animals run across an elaborate floral scroll, motifs originating in the Byzantine era. The inscriptions in Arabic offer auspicious wishes typical of the era: "Glory and prosperity and auspiciousness and health and felicity and victory and divine grace and magnificence."
Inscription: In Arabic cursive script, below the rim: Glory and prosperity and auspiciousness and health and felicity and victory and divine grace and magnificence