Basin, Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver

Basin

Date:
first half 14th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8
Bottom Diam. 10 1/2 in. (41.5cm)
Top Diam. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.587
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic; translation:
-Exterior: "May power and prosperity endure and long life to thee, O Master, to thee great in dignity. And glory and renewed good fortune enduring forever for thine eminence, O Master, the excellent and beneficent."
-Interior: "For his High Excellency, our Lord, the Great Emir, the Learned, the Governing, the Vanquisher, the Defender of the Faith, the Warrior at the Frontiers, the Warden of the Marches, the Aided-by-Allah, the Treasure (Supplier of Stores?), the Helper (of the peope), the Rescuer, the Distinguished, the Regent (or Director of the Kingdom)." (Trans. HMcA 1947 from L.A. Mayer)

A later translation (source unknown):
-Exterior: "May glory and prosperity continue and longevity to you, oh master, to you great in dignity and glory and justice, and eternally high glory."
-Interior: "The high and honorable excellency, the lord, the great prince, the learned, the governor, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the defender of the outposts, the surprise attacker, the supported, the treasurer, the helper, the heroic, the lawmaker."

Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978):
-Exterior: "May glory and prosperity continue and longevity to you o lord, the great and glory, justice and eternally high glory."
-Interior: "The high and honorable excellency, the lord, the great prince, the learned, the governor, the conqueror, the fighter for the faith, the defender of the outposts, the surprise attacker, the supported, the treasurer, the helper, the heroic, the lawmaker..."
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 83.

Aanavi, Don. "Western Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 27, no. 3 (November 1968). p. 202, ill. (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. 83, pp. 210-211, ill. p. 211 (b/w).