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Eastern Iranian world, Khorasan region

Ewer

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Object Details

Culture

Eastern Iranian world, Khorasan region

Date

12th or early 13th century

Medium

Bronze with silver inlay

Dimensions

10 13/16 × 6 11/16 inches (27.5 × 17 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund

Object
Number

2001.043

The Khorasan region encompassed areas of northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, and northern Afgh(…)

The Khorasan region encompassed areas of northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, and northern Afghanistan. From the mid-twelfth century until the Mongol invasions of 1219, Khorasan metalworkers specialized in producing luxury objects of hammered metal with inlaid decoration. On this ewer, the elegant and precise surface designs include arabesques within medallions or cartouches placed so as to enhance the undulating profile of the vessel. A band of calligraphic inlay around the neck conveys auspicious wishes in unbroken repetition: “Glory and prosperity and wealth, and endurance, and….”

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