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Name of Object:

Lidded brass jug inlaid with silver


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

About Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah

Date of Object:

Hegira 6th – early 7th century / AD 12th – early 13th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 1996 – 109

Period / Dynasty:



Eastern Iran, Khurasan


This facetted sheet metal jug is a typical example of the Khurasan school of metalwork. It has been hammered into shape, before having its body incised and partly silver-inlaid. The decorative scheme combines benedictory Arabic inscriptions with figural cartouches showing sphinxes – cosmic and solar symbols in Persian popular culture – and birds.

Citation of this web page:

 "Lidded brass jug inlaid with silver" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;26;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 26


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Seljuqs (Great Seljuqs)

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Metalwork


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