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Name of Object:



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Holding Museum:

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

About Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Date of Object:

c. Hegira 900 / c. AD 1500

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Hammered and engraved copper alloy


Diameter: 31.2 cm

Period / Dynasty:





This brass bowl displays dense knotted designs and intricate foliage scrolls, a style that may be seen as a derivation of Venetian metalwork popular during the same era. The body of this basin is decorated with a series of cartouches containing Arabic calligraphy and blazons. Mamluk inscriptions were often dedicated to their sultan, but this inscription is innovative. The inscription around the body reads “One of what was made for the Most Noble Authority, the Honorable, the Exalted, the Lord, the Great Amir, the Well-Served, the Revered, the Treasure, the Gallant, the Orderly, the Lion, al-Sayfi Yashbak al-Zahiri.”

How Object was obtained:

Egypt Private Collection, London, since 1970s

Selected bibliography:

Heba Nayel Barakat, Introduction to Islamic Arts - Calligraphy from the Collection of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: IAMM Publications, 2008: 74-75.

Citation of this web page:

 "Bowl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;my;Mus21;17;en

MWNF Working Number: MY1 17


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Metalwork


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