Mortar and Pestle made for Abu Bakr 'Ali Malikzad al-Tabrizi

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

Two of the medallions on this mortar show Jauzahr, the fictitious eighth planet believed responsible for the eclipse of the sun and the moon. Although described in texts as a dragon monster, Jauzahr is depicted here as a seated figure flanked by snakes with dragon heads.

Mortar and Pestle made for Abu Bakr 'Ali Malikzad al-Tabrizi, Bronze; inlaid with silver and black compound

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