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Tinned copper dish with lotuses, cloud bands and blessings in Persian, Iran, 1496-97.
Diameter: 18.9 cm, Height: 1.8 cm
Islamic Middle East, room 42
Dish with Clouds and Lotuses
Copper wares such as this dish were being made when the Safavids came to power. The tinned metal once shone like silver. It would have contrasted strongly with the recessed background, which was filled with a black composition. The inscription contains three couplets by famous poets, all expressing good wishes for the owner.
Copper, engraved, tinned and filled with a black composition
Museum no. 374-1897 [Jameel Gallery]
Jahân-at be-kâm u falak yâr bâd / Jahân-âfarin-at negahdâr bâd /
Be-kâm-i to bâdâ hame kâr-e to / Khodâvand bâdâ negahdâr-e to /
Be-kâm-i to bâdâ sepehr-i boland / ze chashm-i badân-at mabâdâ gazand
Sane 902 / May the world comply with your wishes and Heaven be your friend!
May the Creator of the world be your guardian!
May all your affairs accord with your wishes!
May the Lord be your guardian!
May the high Heavens comply with your wishes!
May no harm come to you from evil men's eyes!
Flat dish with a shallow foot-ring and low walls that curve inwards towards the flat rim. The decoration - an unusual three-part composition - has three medallions with cusped outlines filled with a lotus, two split palmettes and other leaves. The interstices are filled withe Chinese-style clouds. At the centre of the design is a small patterned disc. The background is cross-hatched.. The walls show six cartouches with round ends, which contain verses in Persian written in the thulth style, against a cross-hatched ground. Between the cartouches are six roundels containing a Y-pattern. The cartouches and roundels and the band that contains them are all defined by a continuous plain fillet. The spare corners around the roundels are filled with a fragment of arabesque. The rim is decorated with an oblique chain motif similar to that used in the central disc.
The inscription on this decorative bowl contains three couplets by famous poets, all expressing good wishes for the owner.
It is made of copper covered with a layer of tin. The tinned metal once shone like silver. This bright surface would have contrasted strongly with the recessed background, which was filled with a black composition.