Art History: Khorassan Silver Inlaid Bronze Jug Essay examples

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In the East Iranian World a piece titled Bronze ewer inlaid with silver (Inv. No. LNS 118M), also called Khorassan Silver Inlaid Bronze Jug, was made in March – April 1205. As you look at the ewer, if you don’t know what an ewer is, you obliviously release it as just a jug like it says in the other title, Khorassan Silver Inlaid Bronze Jug. The ewer is about 9¼ in. (23.1cm.) high. Like the title says, the ewer is bronze and inlaid with silver. It looks very old because you can see that most of the bronze has turned green over the years, just like most bronze objects do if not well taken care of. The designs are very neat and well drawn. When looking at it more closely you start to realize it is covered in zodiac signs and the Arabic words …show more content…
Muhammad Maman bi-tarikh sha'ban sana ihda wa sittami'a, which means the generous of the time, the friend of [all] men, Jayshi (or Habashi) son of Muhammad Maman dated in [the month of] Shaban, the year six hundred and one (Christie's, 1-2). The naskh continuous band around the shoulder reads al-'izz w'al-iqbal w'al-dawla w'al-'inaya w'al-qana'a w'al-ziyada w'al-'afiya w'al-dawama w'al-riyada w'al-kirama w'al-baqa li-sahibihi which means; Glory, prosperity, wealth, sympathy, contentment, abundance, health, endurance, [enrichment through] self-denial, generosity and long life to the owner (Christie's, 1-2). The lower side with rose shaped panels occurs repeatedly and the neck has a band of drop-shaped panels divided by a band of kufic above and below. There is also kufic inscription at the base. The kufic band at the top of the body reads b'il-yumn w, 'al-baraka , wa....... , w'al-kirama , w'al-sala , ma w'al-d , a'im w'al-daw[la] , al-kamila , w'al-sa'a , da w'al-m , w'al-shukr which means; With good fortune, blessing, ......, generosity, well-being, perpetuity, glory, complete wealth, happiness and gratitude (Christie's, 1-2). The naskh below that reads al-'izz w'al-i, qbal w'al-da , wala w'a , l-qana'a w'a , l-riyada w'al-sa'a,daw'al-sala , ma w'al-daw[la] , w'al-shafa'a w'al-r[aha] which means; Glory, prosperity, wealth, contentment, self-denial, happiness, well-being, turn of fortune, intercession and ease (Christie's, 1-2).

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