This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, German.
Hegira early 9th century / AD early 15th century
Bronze, partially gilded and silvered
This embellished, partially gilt and silvered basin originated in the Mamluk Empire and probably dates from the early AH 9th century / AD 15th century. Craftsmen fleeing before the advancing Mongols helped make the Mamluk Empire a centre for damascened work. But a series of economic crises and the resulting shortage of precious metals led to a steep reduction in the number of objects featuring damascening produced in AH 9th century / AD 15th century; the elaborate technique was replaced by engraved decorations that were frequently silvered or gilt to enhance their preciousness. The final result almost rivalled damascened work but the much thinner covering used in gilding and silvering meant that artists required much less precious metal, resulting in greatly reduced costs.
"Oriental basin" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;38;en
MWNF Working Number: AT2 38