Inscription : al-'izz wal-iqbâl dâ'imâ wa/l-baqâ' laka ayyuhâ al-mawlâ a/l-kabîr al-sha'n anta al-lathi/lâ[yu]d[ânih] al-zamân bithillihi wal-khâ/lî [al-bâl] a lâ ? al-kabîrî al-sha'ni a/l-[mu?]tâ'i al-dâ'imâ fi-a/. The large shape of our basin, with a round base, refers to a similar piece in the Aron Collection (J. Allan 1986, Islamic Metalwork, pp. 88-89, n°10). This latter bowl has also the same ornamental composition : a large band of inscription on a vegetal ground, divided by roundels, and a lower band of scrolls with downward-pointing slender palmettes. Two other comparable examples sold in our London rooms (8th October 2008, lot 115 & 119), with a same shape and outside design. The examples above are datable from the early 14th century. Therefore, our basin can be dated by comparison from the first half of the 14th century. The swimming fishes refer to their purpose of holding water, they were probably used for ablutions.
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