What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by


The Blacas ewer

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Blacas ewer
  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • April 1232 (Rajab 629 AH)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.4 centimetres
    • Width: 22 centimetres
    • Depth: 21.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        شجاع ابن الموصلى
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shuja` ibn Man`a al-Mausili
      • Inscription Comment

        name of maker
  • Bibliography

    • Ward & La Niece (Arab metalwork catalogue forthcoming.) bibliographic details
    • Hagedorn A 1992a bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Tallis 2012 135 bibliographic details
    • Ward 2014 cat.21, pp.136-37 bibliographic details
    • Rawson 1984 fig. 138a bibliographic details
    • Hayward 1976 p. 179, no. 196 bibliographic details
    • Blair & Bloom 2003a p.134, fig.2 bibliographic details
    • La Niece, Ward, Craddock & Hook 2012 p.248, fig.1 (discussion of inlays) bibliographic details
    • Ward 1993 pp. 22, 36, 80, 82, 85, plates 24, 59-60 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    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)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Ewer. Inscription. Made of engraved and silver, copper inlaid brass.

3/4: Right

Ewer. Inscription. Made of engraved and silver, copper inlaid brass.

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRM9747

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help