In the centre:
‘One of what was made for the high excellency al-Sayfi (Sayf al-Din) of the barracks of Zamamiyyah (?)’
Mayer lists two 'Jan Balats', both with identical blazons (the same as on this piece):
1) Janbalat b. Yashmak: with a biography and record of a copper basin which he dates ‘between 901 and Rabi’ II 903’; and a copper plate ‘between Rabi’ ii 903 and Rabi’ II 904’ (L.A. Mayer, Saracenic Heraldry, Oxford, 1933, pp.127-9).
2) Janbalat: no biography (the footnote states: ‘Perhaps identical with the preceding one’) and the record of a copper dish (ibid., pp.129-30).
Although the text on the present example is not similar to the examples listed by Mayer, it is likely that this piece was made for the same patron before he was given various posts, and the blazon possibly added later in his life.
On the exterior wall:
‘For the Noble Sayyid ‘Abd al-Rahman’
‘The son of the Judge of [all] judges Suraj al-Din son of Jarib (?)’
‘One of what was made for the Amir, the Judge of [all] judges, ‘Abd al-Qadir son of
‘The son of the noble Sayyid ‘Abd al-Qadir’
The two tughras:
‘Its owner ‘Ayashah the wife of Hajj Ibrahim Yusuf, the money changer/paymaster (al-sarraf), the year 1162 (1748-9)’
‘The needy, Muhammad the rice-seller (al-razzaz)’