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Basin of Sultan Qara Arslan b. Il Ghazi (r. 1260–92)

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An elegant inscription in cursive script runs around the basin and praises the Artuqid sultan Qara Arslan. His diplomatic success brought stability and wealth to the Artuqid principality of Mardin at a time when elsewhere in the region struggles between the Mamluks and Ilkhanids, the two dominant powers of the day, had diminished trade and damaged the regional economy. Judging from two graffiti inscriptions naming Dawud b. al Malik al-Salih (r. 1368–76) and Majd al-Din 'Isa (r. 1376–1407), this basin belonged to the dynastic household and treasury of the Artuqids and was handed down from one ruler to the next.

Basin of Sultan Qara Arslan b. Il Ghazi (r. 1260–92), Brass; hammered, engraved, chased, inlaid with silver

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