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Wine bowl (badiye)

Wine bowl (badiye)

  • Place of origin:

    Kashmir (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1617 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    copper, cast engraved and tinned

  • Museum number:

    IS.1408-1883

  • Gallery location:

    On display at the British Museum

The wine bowl (badiye) is dated 1026 AH/9 January-28 December 1617. It is made of copper which has been cast and tinned. It is decorated with engraved designs inlaid with black composition on hatched ground, all in the style of contemporary Western Iranian metalwork. The inscriptions on the outside of the rim, first reproduced by A.S. Melikian-Chirvani in his catalogue of Iranian metalwork in the V&A (Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World 8-18th centuries, HMSO 1982, cat. 165) are written in nasta'aliq and include verses by Hafez. There is also an inscription identifying the owner, Khwaja Muhammad Bajiv (?) Kashmiri, and the date. The bowl was bought for the museum in Kashmir for £1 4s by Caspar Purdon Clarke on his Indian purchasing trip in 1881-2. Given the Kashmiri owner, the 19th century provenance and characteristics of the design, it is likely that the bowl was made in Kashmir.

Physical description

Wine bowl; copper, cast and tinned, with engraved champleve designs inlaid with black composition on hatched ground.

Place of Origin

Kashmir (probably, made)

Date

1617 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

copper, cast engraved and tinned

Marks and inscriptions

[Persian verses by Hafez in mozare' metre]
Morn has come, o cupbearer, fill our bowl with wine
The whirling heavens do not tarry, make haste
Before this perishable world is made a ruin
Make a ruin of us with a bowl of rose-red nectar
The days of roses like life itself hastened to go
Cupbearer make haste pass round the rose-red nectar
Translation published by A.S. Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World 8-18 centuries, HMSO, London, 1982, cat. 165, pp 350-1,citing the source: Hafez, Divan, ed Sayyed Anjavi Shirazi, Tehran, 2535 sh./1976, p. 215

Dimensions

Height: 155 mm, Diameter: 236 mm, Diameter: 93 mm foot ring

Object history note

Bought in Kashmir for £1 4s by Caspar Purdon Clarke on his purchasing trip to India in 1881-2.

Descriptive line

Wine bowl; copper, cast and tinned; decorated with engraved designs inlaid with black composition on hatched ground. Kashmir, dated 1026/9 January - 28 December 1617

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

Melikian-Chirvani, A.S.Islamic Metalwork from Iranian Lands (8th-18th centuries), Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition April-May 1976, p. 18.
Melikian-Chirvani, A.S. Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World 8-18th centuries, HMSO, London, 1982, cat 165, pp. 350-351

Labels and date

WINE-BOWL
Copper cast and engraved with champlevé decorative Kashmiri work in an Iranian style.
Dated 1617. (Now BM H2 147 went to cons 24/02/98 Isead ST2 29/07/98. BM 20/09/2002) []

Materials

Copper

Subjects depicted

Arabesques

Categories

Images Online; Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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