Historical period(s)
Ayyubid period, mid-13th century
Mosul School
Brass, silver inlay
H x W (overall): 45.2 x 36.7 cm (17 13/16 x 14 7/16 in)
Syria or Northern Iraq
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 04: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Metalwork, Vessel


Ayyubid period (1171 - 1250), birth, chasing, child, Christianity, cow, halo, hammering, inlay, Iraq, Jesus Christ, kufic script, naskh script, spinning (metalwork), Syria, Virgin Mary, washing, WWII-era provenance

To 1845
Prince Filippo Andrea Doria, Italy to 1845 [1]

To 1941
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York [2]

From 1941
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1941 [3]


[1] See M. Lanci, Trattato delle Simboliche Rappresentanze Arabiche, vol. II, pp. 141-3145 and vol. III, pls. XLV-XLVI, Nos. A, B, and 1-2. Also refer to Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.

[2] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Prince Filippo Andrea Doria


This large, impressive canteen, the only known example of its kind from the Islamic world, recalls the shape of ceramic pilgrim flasks. Its inlaid silver decoration combines calligraphy and decorative motifs, such as intricate geometric designs, and lively animal scrolls, with Christian imagery. These include a representation of the Virgin and Child in the center, surrounded by narrative scenes from the life of Christ as well as saints and knights. It has been suggested that the canteen may have been commissioned by a wealthy Christian, perhaps, as a special memento of his travels.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum