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Narrow-neck jug with single handle and molded decorative register at shoulder

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Narrow-neck jug with single handle and molded decorative register at shoulder


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
10th century - 12th century

Medium & Support
molded terracotta

7 5/8 in. x 6 in. x 6 in. ( 19.37 cm x 15.24 cm x 15.24 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
The inscription on this unglazed jug is written in a rather simple Kufic script, quite likely by an unlettered craftsman who did not adequately plan for the entire two lines of poetry quoted here. Interestingly, both this and the animal-headed ewer on view in this same case have the same poetic inscription:
"Do you not see that poverty wishes for wealth and that wealth is to be protected against poverty?"
The poem, generally attributed to Imam ‘Ali, the first leader of Shi‘ism, is actually recorded in later compendia of Arabic poetry, including al-‘Iqd al-Farid. Its use on an object from a non-Arab-speaking environment attests to the symbolic value of writing and to the great cache of Arabic poetry.
Yasser Tabbaa, Guest Curator, ‘Art of the Written Word,” 1/15–6/5/2005

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Islamic (culture or style)
ceramics (object genre)
jugs (vessels)

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )

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