Ilkhanid / Basin / early 14th centuryIlkhanid
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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Ilkhanid
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Ilkhanid
Title: Basin
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1333
Creation Date: early 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Brass, raised, engraved, and inlaid with silver and gold
Dimensions: H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm), Diam. 20 1/2 in. (51.1 cm)
Description: Large basins of this same general shape?with its flat base, curved vertical wall, and everted, faceted rim with scalloped and pointed edges?have been dated as early as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Basins were used to catch the water poured from a ewer when washing one's hands. This basin, called tasht in Persian, is one of the most accomplished examples of Ilkhanid metalwork. The interior is completely covered with an arresting arrangement of succeeding rows of courtly entertainment and pastimes, figural and floral motifs, and animals and mythical beasts.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 91.1.521
Credit Line: The Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.91.1.521
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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