Cast brass, turned, engraved, inlaid with black compound (niello)
Overall: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); Diameter of base: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.); Diameter of rim: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)
Gift of Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc. 1969.291
This pail was made to carry traditional bathing equipment such as combs and a friction glove to the
public bath, or hamman. Intended for the faithful’s purification, the hamman was also a meeting place
and a center of social life as well as a popular theme with Iranian poets. The poem in the upper band of
this pail employs bath imagery to express the Lover’s longing to see the Beloved. In the lower bands, verses by the celebrated poet Jami (died 1492) liken the sense of well-being induced by a visit to the bath to the elation experienced through ascetic detachment.
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