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The Blacas ewer
- The Blacas ewer
Brass ewer; engraved and inlaid with silver and copper. Made of sheet brass hammered to form a faceted body. Inscription and panels with various figural images (e.g. hunting, battles, courtly entertainment) on a background filled with geometrical patterns. Panels with common outline and linked and lobed frame. Top and part of shoulder of ewer damaged.
- April 1232 (Rajab 629 AH)
- Made in: Mosul
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Mosul)
- Height: 30.4 centimetres
- Width: 22 centimetres
- Depth: 21.5 centimetres
Inscription Contentشجاع ابن الموصلى
Inscription TransliterationShuja` ibn Man`a al-Mausili
Inscription Commentname of maker
- Ward & La Niece (Arab metalwork catalogue forthcoming.)
- Hagedorn A 1992a
- Curtis & Tallis 2012 135
- Ward 2014 cat.21, pp.136-37
- Rawson 1984 fig. 138a
- Hayward 1976 p. 179, no. 196
- Blair & Bloom 2003a p.134, fig.2
- La Niece, Ward, Craddock & Hook 2012 p.248, fig.1 (discussion of inlays)
- Ward 1993 pp. 22, 36, 80, 82, 85, plates 24, 59-60
2015-2016 Nov-Feb, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Great Age of the Seljuqs' PROMISED
2014 20 Feb-18 May, London, Courtauld Gallery, 'Court and Craft in Medieval Mosul: A Masterpiece of Arab Metalwork'
2012 24 May-30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
2011 31 Mar-4 Jul, Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 'Le Genie de L'Orient'
2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
2001-2002 22 Oct-10 Mar, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, 'L'Orient de Saladin au temps des Ayyoubides'
1996, 'Furusiyya' (cancelled)
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Object reference number: RRM9747
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