Luxury Ewer Extending Good Fortune to the Owner

Luxury Ewer Extending Good Fortune to the Owner


inscription by

Ahmad al-Dhaki al-Mawsili


Brass inlaid with silver; lid and base added later

Diameter: 26.6 cm (10 1/2 in.); Overall: 37.9 cm (14 15/16 in.); Diameter of base: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1956.11



The lavish silver inlaid surface features a wide band displaying medallions with scenes of court and daily life and an inscription band on the shoulder, written in plaited and animated kufic (angular) script, extending good fortune, generosity, and charitable giving to the owner. This celebrated ewer is dated 1223 and signed by the master craftsman Ahmad al-Dhaki of Mosul.

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