Basin Inscribed with Honorifics in Arabic Thuluth Script
Arts of the Islamic World
Following the fall of the Fatimid Dynasty in 1171 master potters left Cairo in search of more favorable environments, which they found in Syria and later in Iran. With the advent of Salah al-Din, known in the West as Saladin, in the mid-twelfth century, the Ayyubid Dynasty gained control of most of the Levant and Egypt. This change of regime marked the end of Shiism in Egypt, and with the return to Sunnism began a trend away from the highly naturalistic forms of Fatimid art. In the wake of the takeover by the Mamluk Dynasty in Egypt and the Levant in the mid-thirteenth century a remarkable school of metalworkers began to produce large-scale brass and bronze objects for the Mamluk rulers and their many viziers. Majestic calligraphy, heraldic blazons, and sumptuous inlaying with silver and copper are among the hallmarks of the distinctive metalwork of the Mamluks.
Brass, incised, punched, and inlaid with silver
mid 14th century
7 1/16 x 16 15/16 in. (18 x 43 cm)
Base (diam): 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm) (show scale)
Read by Abdullah Ghouchani
This item is not on view
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Basin Inscribed with Honorifics in Arabic Thuluth Script, mid 14th century. Brass, incised, punched, and inlaid with silver, 7 1/16 x 16 15/16 in. (18 x 43 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson, 73.94.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.94.4_PS2.jpg)
overall, 73.94.4_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.