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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver inlaid with gold and niello
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.2 x 11.2 x 11.2 cm (1 1/4 x 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Silver bowl with gold inlay work forming arabesques and a nasta'liq inscription of Persian poetry. Neillo. Engraved names of later owners in the inside of the foot.
  • Inscriptions

    1. [folder sheet entry #7]. (Wheeler Thackston, Harvard University, Summer 1990) Inscription: Rim cartouches contain a ghazal by Hafiz (Divan-i Hafiz, p. 46): [Arbc]
    "That person who holds a goblet of wine in his hand will have forever the kingdom of Jamshid. The water through which Khizr attained eternal life--seek it in a tavern that has a goblet. Attach the end of the thread of life to the goblet so that thereby the thread may have order. We have wine, and the ascetics have peity -- so let the beloved decide which to take."
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Islamic Art (May 9, 1993 to June 3, 1997)
    Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art (September 27, 1985 to November 17, 1986)
    Special Exhibition Afghanistan (September 3, 1963 to June 5, 1964)
    Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
    Persian Art (January 1, 1963 to September 3, 1963)
    Special Exhibition of Persian Art (May 1, 1960 to August 11, 1961)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 04: Engaging the Senses
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