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Location: Iran, Khurasan
Materials: quaternary copper alloy, cast, turned, engraved and inlaid with copper and silver
Dimensions: 13.5 x 60cm
Accession Number: MTW 1242
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.