Basin

quaternary copper alloy, cast, turned, engraved and inlaid with copper and silver

13.5 x 60cm

The basin has a flat base, with rounded sides and a flaring scalloped rim. The interior of the base is decorated with an interlaced geometric design of  triangles and hexagons, with a six-petalled rosette in each hexagon. This is framed within a benedictory inscription in Kufic. A benedictory inscription in naskh, with the hastae terminating in human heads, decorates the lobed side walls. The inscription is interrupted by 18 medallions, each bearing a six-petalled rosette. The exterior is undecorated.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.103, pp.96–7.