Name of Object:

Ewer (ibrik)


Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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Date of Object:

Hegira 627 / AD 1229

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

Master ‘Iyas of Mosul.

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Cast and engraved brass inlaid with red-copper and silver.


Height (without lid) 39 cm; diameter (of base) 16.5 cm; maximum diameter 20 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Zangid (Atabeg)


A ewer (ibrik) with a pear-shaped body, a handle and a spout decorated with plant motifs and inscription friezes. The shoulder of the ewer is filled with a frieze written in naskhi script. A second frieze, formed of plant motifs, appears directly below. Further inscriptions in naskhi script are found on the neck and spout. The floral motifs and inscriptions adorning the ewer are embellished with silver leaf, while the frame of the inscription on the shoulder is embellished with red-copper leaf. The inscriptions on the shoulder and spout wish glory, fame, success and long life to the owner of the vessel. This ewer is of great importance both as a dated example of Mesopotamian work and because its inscriptions provide the names of two Mosul craftsmen.

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Mosul was an important centre of Islamic metalwork during the Zangid period. This centre had a great influence on the technique and style of Artuqid metalwork in Anatolia. The inscription states that it was made by a master called 'Iyas of Mosul. It has the characteristics of its period.

How date and origin were established:

An inscription on the neck states that the ewer was made by 'Iyas, the assistant of master Abd al-Karim ibn al-Turabi of Mosul' in 627 / 1229.

How Object was obtained:

Brought from the tomb of Süleyman Pasha in Gelibolu on 11 December 1911.

Selected bibliography:

Erginsoy, ü., İslam Maden Sanatının Gelişmesi, Istanbul 1978.

ölçer, N. et al, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul, 2002, pp.78–9.

Citation of this web page:

Alev Özay "Ewer (ibrik)" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;ISL;tr;Mus01;8;en

Prepared by: Alev Özay
Translation by: Barry Wood, İnci Türkoğlu
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: TR 13