- Museum number
Brass jug; globular body on a low, slightly splayed, foot ring; cylindrical, slightly constricted, neck with a thick rim, joined to the body by a moulded collar; dragon handle; separate lid; cast, decorated with gold and silver inlays; cross-hatched background which appears to have been infilled with a black substance; Persian inscription around the body. Originally with a dragon handle, now missing, but scar on body and hole through rim indicate original position.
- Production date
- 1513 (AH 919)
Diameter: 12 centimetres (body maximum)
Diameter: 7.90 centimetres (foot ring)
Diameter: 8.40 centimetres (rim exterior)
Diameter: 7.10 centimetres (rim interior)
Height: 13 centimetres
Weight: 736.50 grammes (minus lid)
Volume: 800 millilitres (using microballoons)
- Curator's comments
The lid is not original. The small globular body with a low, slightly splayed foot-ring seen on this jug is the most common shape found amongst surviving Timurid metalwork. Such vessels originally came with a Chinese-inspired dragon-shaped handle and a cover. It is inscribed with poetry by Hafiz alluding to its function as a container for wine. This object demonstrates how Timurid-style artistic production continued beyond the dynasty’s reign in Herat.
Canby 1999 reads the date as AH 916 (AD 1511).
- On display (G43/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2011 March-July, London, BM, 'No Equal in All the World: Artistic Legacies from Herat, Afghanistan'
2009/10 5 Nov-18 Jan, Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Taswir-Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity
2004 23 Feb-28 Jun, Milan, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, 'The Hunt for Paradise: Court Art of Safavid Iran (1501-1576)'
2003-2004 16 Oct-18 Jan, New York, Asia Society and Museum, 'The Hunt for Paradise: Court Art of Safavid Iran (1501-1576)'
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number