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Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

Object Name:
ca. 1444
Made in Egypt, Cairo
Marble; carved
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm) Diam. 22 in. (55.9 cm) Wt. 290 lbs. (131.5 kg)
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Large marble jars were used to store drinking water, either for use in a private residence or, as is probably the case with this example, a public building. The inscription on this jar indicates that it was an endowment by the amir Zain al‑Din Yahya al‑Ustadar, who served as majordomo during the reign of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438–53) and subsequent rulers. The jar was perhaps intended for use at the mosque that he commissioned in 1444, which still stands in Cairo.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d.1917; bequeathed to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 144-145, ill. (color).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 104, ill. fig. 59 (b/w).

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