A SILVER-INLAID BRASS JUG, MESOPOTAMIA, MOSUL, FIRST HALF 13TH CENTURY
of pear-shaped form, slightly everted cylindrical neck and gently splayed foot, silver-inlaid decoration comprising lobed medallions containing various court entertainers, including musicians, neck with frieze of human-headed Kufic inscription, interior with old collector's label 'H. Kevorkian Collection 585', underside of foot with scratched '1900'
15cm. max. diam.
Missing handle, visible drill hole to neck and abrasion on body where it would have once been soldered, remnants of silver-inlay remaining although at least 50% missing, abrasion and oxidisation with associated discoloration particularly visible to underside of foot and interior, as viewed.
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Ex-collection Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), indicated by collection label.
al-‘izz ‘Glory’ and al-qa’im ‘Firm’, the rest undecipherable
The globular shape and flared foot resemble item 55 from the Keir Collection (Fehérvári 1976, pp.63-64). Similar vases previously sold at Sotheby’s include lot 116 from 22 November 1976 and lot 229 from 7 December 1976. The inscription of the latter echoes the present lot.