Ewer with Molded Inscription

Object Name: Ewer

Date: 9th century

Geography: Probably made in Iraq

Medium: Glass, greenish; mold blown, applied handle

Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Wt. 1.8 oz. (50 g)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Museum Accession

Accession Number: x.21.191


This ewer belongs to a group of about twenty similar objects. Nine of them, including this one, bear the same inscription and almost certainly were blown in the same full-size two-part mold. The inscription does not appear to include the name of the patron, but the glass- or mold-maker is mentioned and he remains one of the few craftsmen whose name is known.

Arabic Inscription: "What was made for the amir in Baghda[d]. The work of Tayyib ibn Ahmad Barmasi."