late 12th or early 13th century AD
high-tin bronze, cast, engraved, chased and inlaid with silver
24 x 16cm
The inlaid decoration is restricted to the lid and upper vase. This includes a finely drawn benedictory inscription in naskh at the rim and two inscription cartouches below in stylized Kufic, all inlaid in silver and chased. A finial in the form of a bird flapping its wings surmounts the eight-lobed lid.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.107, p.98.