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MTW 925
MTW 925

Hemispherical Basin

MTW 925

Greater Iran, Khurasan or Afghanistan

11th or 12th century AD

MTW 925
MTW 925, detail of interior
MTW 925, exterior

Hemispherical Basin

MTW 925

Greater Iran, Khurasan or Afghanistan

11th or 12th century AD

high-tin bronze, cast and engraved

20 x 46cm

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.