Historical period(s)
Buyid period, 966-977
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x Diam: 16 x 9.4 cm (6 5/16 x 3 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1943.1
On View Location
Freer Gallery 21a: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
Buyid period (932 - 1062), chasing, engraving, Iran, kufic script, punching, repousse, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

Gold and silver objects from the medieval Islamic world are extremely rare. Like many religions, Islam disapproved of trappings of wealth, even if members of the elite largely ignored this religious objection. During times of hardship, moreover, objects made from precious materials were often melted down. On the basis of its rarity and remarkable condition some scholars have questioned the authenticity of this gold jug. While the jug's handle seems to be a later addition, its shape and decorative motifs relate to other tenth-century objects found in excavations. Its inscription, too, appears to be genuine and refers to the Buyid dynasty ruler Izz al-Dawla Bakhtiyar ibn Mu'izz al-Dawla (reigned 967-78).

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

Copyright with museum