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Ewer


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The artist of this ewer included his signature around the base of the vessel’s neck. Yunus ibn (son of) Yusuf names himself al-naqqash (artist or designer). He also claims the name al-Mawsili, meaning “from Mosul,” thus connecting his identity and his work with the city (in present-day Iraq), a famous metalworking center. Typical of ewers with inlaid decoration, several figural scenes are situated around the body of the vessel. These scenes include depictions of hunters on horseback, musicians playing beneath a tree, and an enthroned ruler.
Conservation

Cleaned to reduce silver tarnish in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentCleaned
1/01/1930Treatmentother
2/03/1971Treatmentcleaned
7/26/1974Treatmentcleaned
10/27/2015ExaminationCleaned for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2016.
  • Excursions through the Collection: Portraiture, Adornment, and the Natural World. 2019-2021.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Yunus ibn Yusuf al-naqqash al Mawsili; [Date] A.H. 644; [Translation] Glory to our lord, the sultan, the royal.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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Period
644 AH/AD 1246-1247 (Crusader)
Medium
brass with silver and gold inlay, and black organic resin decoration
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.456
Measurements
H: 17 1/2 x W: 12 1/2 x D: 6 1/2 in. (44.5 x 31.8 x 16.5 cm)
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