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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
    • Institut du Monde Arabe 2001 122 bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Tallis 2012 135 bibliographic details
    • Hayward 1976 196 bibliographic details
    • Ward 2014 21 bibliographic details
    • Rawson 1984 fig.138a bibliographic details
    • Ettinghausen et al. 2001 fig.405 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
    • Pope 1938 pl.1329-1330 bibliographic details
    • Barrett 1949a pls12-13 bibliographic details
    • Ward 1993 pp. 22, 36, 80, 82, 85, plates 24, 59-60 bibliographic details
    • Reinaud 1828 vol. II, p.423-439 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2016, April-July, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Great Age of the Seljuqs 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 name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


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

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

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