A SAFAVID TINNED-COPPER PAIL, PERSIA, LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY
of squat baluster form with cast hinged handle, the tinned copper body engraved with entwined split-palmettes under a calligraphic band, the foot with pendant palmette motifs
17.5cm. height; 28cm. with handle
23.5cm. max. diam.
The surface with some abrasion and nicks, including rubbing revealing the copper underneath, minor knocks and dents as consistent with age and use, the interior with dirt encrustation, erosion and scratches, the handle probably a later marriage, as viewed.
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'As my beloved enters the bath, I will get up
I fill my eyes with water and pour it at her feet
For the bathhouse you are a freshly blossomed flower
The golden pail (tas) has become like the Sun, and the handle the New Moon'
Owner’s name, possibly: 'Muhammad Rashid ibn Mir Kalan (?)’