Twelve-sided Ewer with Sphinxes and Humanheaded Inscriptions

Twelve-sided Ewer with Sphinxes and Humanheaded Inscriptions

1300-1350

Hammered sheet of brass inlaid with silver

Overall: 44.8 cm (17 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.27

Description

Sphinxes in interlacing bands on an arabesque ground connect inscriptions with human heads which only appear on metalwork. Known as animated script, it developed in northeast Iran during the 1100s and migrated westward.

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