Buckets of this type are represented in Iranian miniature paintings illustrating hammam or bath house scenes. The inscription extends best wishes to an anonymous owner.
Inscription: Arabic, on band, below rim: "Power, and prosperity, and victory,and happiness, and security, and good health to the owner".
In Naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة و السلامة و العافیة لصاحبه
On the base there is a design like an inscription, but is unreadable.
The inscription also read by Yassir al-Tabba as:
العز و الإقبال و الدوله و السعاده و السلامه و العافیه لصاحبه Translation by Yassir al-Tabba (1978): "Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, security, and good health to its owner".
[ Demotte, Inc., New York, until 1935; sold to MMA]