Dragon-Handled Jug with Inscription

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

This elegantly-formed jug with dragon-headed handle is covered with intricate silver and gold inlay, including a minute inscription around the base of its neck. It is inscribed with an invocation to 'Ali ibn Abi Talib the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. As the Shi'i Muslim community holds a special reverence for 'Ali, scholars have suggested that this jug may have been created in the early 16th century, for a follower of the Shi'i Safavid dynasty.

#6706. Dragon-handled Jug with Inscription

Dragon-Handled Jug with Inscription, Brass; cast and turned, engraved, and inlaid with silver, gold, and black organic compound

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