Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1500-1510
Medium
Silver inlaid with gold and niello
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.2 x 11.2 x 11.2 cm (1 1/4 x 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1954.115
On View Location
Freer Gallery 04: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
casting, chasing, incising, inlay, Iran, Lathe work, nasta'liq script, niello, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), spinning (metalwork), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Heeramaneck Galleries

Label

Inscriptions often refer to an object's function. The poem encircling the rim of this bowl alludes to drinking wine as a means of reaching the beloved--a common mystical metaphor for spiritual enlightenment. Written in fine nasta'liq script, the lines of poetry are from a well-known ode (ghazal) by the Persian poet Hafiz (died 1390). They conclude as follows:

Here we are with our wine and the ascetics with their piety,
Let us see which one the beloved will take.

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

Copyright with museum