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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1979.353
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Bucket
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
10th-11th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Fatimid period
Culture
Egyptian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216090
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Metal
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
11.5 x 15 cm (4 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Accession Year
1979
Object Number
1979.353
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This bucket has incised decorative motifs characteristic of Fatimid artworks in metal and other media: palmette scrolls, in a band just below the rim, and benedictory inscriptions in a floriated Kufic script in the lower band. The hole in the handle would have held a pin surmounted by a ring so that the bucket could be suspended. The handle is attached to the bucket by swivel pins; one of the original pins is intact, but the one on the left is a modern replacement. Notes from the Glory and Prosperity exhibition, Feb - June 2002.
Exhibition History

The Heritage of Islam, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, 03/03/1982 - 05/30/1982; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 07/10/1982 - 09/30/1982; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 02/26/1983 - 04/24/1983; National Museum of Natural History, Washington, 06/01/1983 - 09/05/2003

Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/02/2006 - 03/23/2008

Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/2011 - 06/01/2013

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu