Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011

Luxury Inlaid Container

Luxury Inlaid Container

c. 1250–1350

Sheet brass, inlaid with silver and gold

Diameter: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.); Overall: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); Diameter of box: 10.1 cm (4 in.); Box: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.482

Location

Exhibition

Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)

Description

Metalwork flourished in the 1200s with production centers in Mosul, Damascus, and eastern Anatolia. Along with this container, the nearby ewer and candlestick are examples of the superb pieces produced at this time. Scenes of court life, including banqueting, music, and enthroned figures, decorate the sides and top of the container. The lid is covered in hexagonal swastikas, an ancient solar motif, which is further enhanced by a large sunburst in the center. The calligraphic inscriptions extend wishes for a long life, prosperity, and patience to the owner.

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