Basin with Figural Imagery

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

A limited number of basins were produced with this distinctive scallop-shaped edge during the Ilkhanid period in Iran. Its intricately inlaid surface, worked entirely in gold and silver, comprises figural imagery within a radiating geometric framework. Musicians, courtiers, and polo players are among the diverse and lively inhabitants of its interior. Considering its celebration of courtly pastimes, intricate drawing, and high-quality craftsmanship, this basin was likely created for a patron of high status.

Basin with Figural Imagery, Brass; raised, engraved, and inlaid with silver and gold

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