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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 14th century
  • Geography

    Fars, Iran
  • Material

    Brass, inlaid with silver, gold and a black organic material
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 12 x 23 x 23 cm (4 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 9 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The bowl is hammered and turned brass, chased and inlaid with silver, gold and a black organic material. It is decorated with a wide band of thuluth inscriptions interrupted by four medallions.
    Decorative kufic letters are interspersed in the vertical shafts of the thuluth inscription.
    The four medallions represent a central personage seated on a throne, flanked by two standing attendants who hold maces (?). Blossoms appear under the throne in three medallions whereas a duck is depicted in the fourth scene.
    Gold inlay has been applied to the face, hat, and garments of the prince; it also appears on the faces, hats, and maces of the attendants.
    The bottom of the bowl has a radiating design forming sixteen units filled with floral motifs. The interior is devoid of decoration.
  • Origin

    Fars, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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