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Footed bowl with inlaid figures and calligraphy

Creation date: 13th century
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Bronze Bowl
Medium and Support: Bronze, inlaid with silver and black compound
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Asian Arts Council
Accession Number: 1954.37
Dimensions: 4 1/4 in. x 7 in. x 7 in. (10.8 cm x 17.78 cm x 17.78 cm)
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San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1954 - )

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04/17/17 Diana Chou
Bronze, inlaid with silver and black compound
This bowl is ornamented around the rim and around the base with bands of writing, probably conveying repeated wishes for blessings. In the center are twelve medallions containing courtly figures, holding wine cups and playing instruments, seated against a dense background of geometric patterning. Each of these decorative elements was originally inlaid with silver such that they would have stood out against the yellowish-brown background of the bronze.
Last Updated: 4/17/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Mamlūk Revival: Metalwork for Religious and Domestic Use The Jewish Museum , 10/1/1981 - 3/15/1982

Lyric Visions from Nizami's "Quintet" , 6/14/2007 - 11/4/2007

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 141


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