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Wine jug (mashrabe)

Wine jug (mashrabe)

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (Produced)
    Herat (possibly)

  • Date:

    ca. 1450-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast brass with engraved decoration, gold and silver inlay and cross-hatched background

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wine jug, bulbous body with cylindrical neck, decorated in horizontal registers of dense foliate scroll pattern, within which is integrated a linked sequence of small epigraphic cartouches and cruciform panels

Place of Origin

Iran (Produced)
Herat (possibly)


ca. 1450-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast brass with engraved decoration, gold and silver inlay and cross-hatched background

Marks and inscriptions

To God belongs might, To God belongs power, To God belongs victory, To God belongs strength.
Around the neck, Arabic inscription


Height: 12.8 cm, Diameter: 12.5 cm maximum, Diameter: 8.7 cm rim

Object history note

Base inscribed "No.46" and "400".

Descriptive line

Wine jug, brass alloy with silver and gold inlay, decorated with dense foliate pattern and poetic inscriptions, possibly Herat, Timurid Iran, 1450-1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A.S. Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World, 8-18th centuries (London: HMSO, 1982) no.116.

Labels and date

Brass with silver inlay.
PERSIAN; mid 15th century [Used until 10/2002]


Brass; Silver


Casting; Engraving; Silvering


Drinking; Household objects; Food vessels & Tableware; Islam; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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