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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, Greek.

Name of Object:

Basin

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 5th-6th century / AD 11th-12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

13093

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Copper alloy

Dimensions:

Diameter 25.6 cm

Period / Dynasty

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

Everyday utensils used in the Fatimid period were made of cast copper alloy as this basin. The conical shape, which recalls late-antique vessels of similar shape made of precious metals, continued to be used in Islamic ceramics and metalwork after the 12th century. The decoration consists of a double row of reciprocating kufic inscriptions that express good wishes to the owner and is further adorned with scrolls and heart shapes.

Citation of this web page:

 "Basin" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;11;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 11

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Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids


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