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Ewer with Inscription, Horsemen, and Vegetal Decoration

`Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak
Object Name:
dated A.H. 623/ A.D. 1226
Attributed to Iraq, Mosul
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
W. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm)
Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
This lavishly decorated object is inscribed around the neck: "Made by 'Umar ibn al-Hajji Jaldak, the apprentice of Ahmad al-Dhaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623 [1226 A.D.]." Ahmad al-Mawsili, originally from Mosul in Upper Mesopotamia, was a famous metalworker who had a number of pupils.
Inscription: Arabic; translations:
-Around lower part of neck: "Work of Barr (?) ibn al -Hajji Jaldak, slave (or disciple ) of Ahmad ad-Daki, engraver of Mosul in the year 623".
-Around shoulder (partly obliterated): "Glory, Prosperity, fortune, Happiness..."
-Graffito on bottom: "Dar `Afif al Muzaffari, House of `Afif Al-Muzzaffari." (Trans. FED)

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Lower part: "Continuous glory, everlasting prosperity, peaceful life, perfect health, lasting dominion, luxuriant life, ascending good luck, effectual authority, purposeful good omen, and perfection... to its owner."
-Below neck: "Glory, victory, dominion, dignity, good health, security, virtue, blessing, good health, sufficiency, restfulness, continuance, virtue, pride, happiness, victory over enemies, and forgiveness to the end of (his) life."
-Lower part of neck: "Made by `Umar bin al-Hajji Jaldak, the page of Ahmad al-Zaki al-Naqqash al-Mawsili in the year 623."
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Exhibition of Islamic Art," February 24, 1937–March 22, 1937, no. 190.

Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 79.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 111–12, ill. fig. 51 (b/w).

Aga-Oglu, Mehmet. "M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, February 24 to March 22, 1937." In Exhibition of Islamic Art. San Francisco, 1937. no. 190, p. 56, ill. pl. 190.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 144, ill. fig. 85 (b/w).

Baer, Eva. Metalwork in Medieval Islamic Art. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1983. p. 100, ill. fig. 77 (b/w).

Soucek, Priscilla, ed. Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World : papers from a colloquium in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Monographs on the fine arts, vol. 44. University Park, PA: College Art Association of America, 1988. pp. 223, 250-251, ill. figs. 14-16.

Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. p. 36, ill. fig. 25 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 79, pp. 202-203, ill. p. 203 (b/w).

Al-Harithy, Howyda N. "The Ewer of Ibn Jaldask (623/1226)." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Bulletin of The School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 64, No. 3 (2001). pp. 357-364, ill. figs.1-8 (b/w).

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