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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a nicely executed water jug cast in brass and inlayed with gold and silver. It represents the best example of Islamic metal works. The whole surface decoration, creating much of the appeal of Islamic metalwork, depicts astrological imagery. Medallions in the shape of cusped arches contain the images of planets and personification of the planets with the sign of zodiac. The decoration reflects popular taste. Except the astrological images, other designs were common, e.g. benedictory inscriptions wishing prosperity, happiness and success, as well as the geometrical figures. The jug represents the technical virtuosity in both shape and design, as well as the refined aesthetics of its maker. It is very well preserved and almost intact.

History of the Object
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Type
Other 
Materials
Metal 
Measurements
High 14 cm, maximal diameter 12 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iraq; Mosul 
Geography
Iraq 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; Around the mid-13th century 
Function
Utensil for casual use 
Acquisition
1975, purchased from an Antiquity shop 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum - Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 

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