Name of Object:
Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci”
Date of Object:
Hegira 8th century / AD 14th century
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Brass inlaid with gold and silver.
Period / Dynasty:
Egypt or Syria.
Wide-mouthed bowl with a slightly convex base. As in the majority of examples of this type of object, the decoration, which covers the whole of the outer surface, consists of a wide band, interrupted by medallions, made up of a series of scrolls bearing inscriptions in Mamluk cursive characters (nashki) known as thuluth. The underside decoration includes typical motifs, such as phoenixes in flight and peonies, peculiar to Mamluk metalwork, revealing the influence of Far Eastern naturalism tempered by its Iranian background.
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This bowl, used for holding water and decorated with inscriptions and zoomorphic motifs (fish and phoenixes in flight), is a good example of calligraphy being used for decoration and as a good omen in the Muslim world.
How date and origin were established:
This type of Islamic metalwork was quite widespread in the 8th / 14th century.
How Object was obtained:
How provenance was established:
This type of bowl is widespread in the Iranian as well as the Syrian/Egyptian spheres of influence.
Atil, E., Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks, Washington, 1981.
Citation of this web page:
Paola Torre "Bowl" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;it;Mus01;1;en