Exhibitions/ Art Object


9th century
Made in Iraq or Iran
Bronze, cast
H: 10 7/8 in (27.7 cm); diam: 5 1/2 in (14 cm)
Credit Line:
The David Collection, Copenhagen (17/2001)
Not on view
Vegetal motifs drawing upon Byzantine and Sasanian forms developed in the arts of the Umayyad and early Abbasid period in the territories, once the southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire. Based on these traditions, the abstract forms and styles of ornament that subsequently developed at the Abbasid capital at Samarra would have a profound impact on the art and architecture of the Islamic world.
The scrolling pattern on the body of the ewer covers the surface with a gracefully formal, abstract design drawn from Sasanian traditions.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.