Inscribed Bowl

Al-Imami Sayyid Naqqash al-Husaini

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The defining elements of this bowl—cloud scrolls, cartouches, interlacing roundels, and the "Y" pattern—point to Safavid Tabriz as the most likely place of production. Immediately below the rim is a Shi'i prayer in naskh script. Enclosed in the cartouches are verses invoking abundance and happiness. The name of the owner, Qasim ibn Husain Qannadi, the artist’s signature, and the date of manufacture appear further down, in the row of quatrefoils. The bowl can also be linked to the late fifteenth‑century Turkmen school of metalwork, which had close stylistic ties to the arts of the Ottoman and Mamluk empires.

Inscribed Bowl, Al-Imami Sayyid Naqqash al-Husaini (active Iran, first half 16th century), Copper; tinned, engraved, and inlaid with black compound

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