11th–12th century
Probably from Iran, Nishapur
Bronze; cast
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
W. (with handle) 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This five-sided vessel is unique among the material excavated from Nishapur in eastern Iran by the Metropolitan Museum. A rare shape in general, its specific use is difficult to determine. In terms of scale, it is comparable to the metal lamps excavated at the site. Its form, however, does not seem suitable for a lamp, as there is no conceivable place for a wick. It is more likely that this piece served as a dish.
1936, purchased in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1937, accessioned by the Museum

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 78-79, ill. fig. 92 (b/w).