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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.
- Published References
- Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 26, p. 186.
- Art et Societe dans le Monde Iranien. Bibliotheque Iranienne, no. 26 Paris. p. 165.
- Linda Komaroff. The Timurid Phase in Iranian Metalwork: Formulation and Realization of a Style. Ann Arbor. cat. 17.
- Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Four Pieces of Islamic Metalwork: Some Notes on a Previously Unknown School. vol. 10, December 1976. p. 25-26, figs. 4-5.
- Najmieh Batmanglij. From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table. Washington. p. 33.
- October Events at the Smithsonian: Smithsonian Highlights. vol. 16, no. 7 Washington, October 1985. p. 225.
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- Arts of the Islamic World
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