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Title: Hemispherical Basin
Location: Greater Iran, Khurasan or Afghanistan
Materials: high-tin bronze, cast and engraved
Dimensions: 20 x 46cm
Accession Number: MTW 925
The elephant, whose trunk ends in a human head, is richly caparisoned and bears a howdah with three figures. The elephant driver (mahout) in front and musician behind are drawn with considerable animation. The figures are surrounded by a band of quails or partridges and a broader band of running hares. At the rim and on the exterior are benedictory inscriptions in bold Kufic.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.21, p.44–5.