Ewer. Hole in center of body on one side, repaired.

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Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 9th-10th century
H x W: 16.5 x 43.7 cm (6 1/2 x 17 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 21: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
Metalwork, Vessel


Abbasid period (750 - 1258), Iran
Provenance research underway.

Ewer. Hole in center of body on one side, repaired.


Vibrant metalworking industries in gold, silver, iron, and copper thrived in Basra. Craftsmen there specialized in manufacturing locks, mirrors, and other utensils. This pear-shaped vessel is similar to a bronze ewer that was made in Basra and is now in the Tiblisi Museum in Georgia, near Russia.

The inscription around the neck of the Tiblisi ewer gives the craftsman's name and Basra as its place of manufacture.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 3, p. 62.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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