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.
- 1232 (AH 629)
- 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 only
For a discussion of the metal analysis see Susan La Niece, Rachel Ward, Duncan Hook, and Paul Craddock, 'Medieval Islamic Copper Alloys' in Paul Jett, Blythe McCarthy, Janet G. Douglas (eds) 2012, Scientific Research on Ancient Asian Metallurgy. Archetype, London. 248-254. ISBN: 9781904982722
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)
November 2015 - February 2016.Great Age of the Seljuqs, Metropolitan Museum of Art PROMISED LOAN
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Object reference number: RRM9747
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