- Historical period(s)
- Ayyubid period, mid-13th century
- Mosul School
- Brass, silver inlay
- H x W (overall): 45.2 x 36.7 cm (17 13/16 x 14 7/16 in)
- Syria or Northern Iraq
- Credit Line
- Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- This large, impressive canteen, the only known example of its kind from the Islamic world, recalls the shape of ceramic pilgrim flasks. Its inlaid silver decoration combines calligraphy and decorative motifs, such as intricate geometric designs, and lively animal scrolls, with Christian imagery. These include a representation of the Virgin and Child in the center, surrounded by narrative scenes from the life of Christ as well as saints and knights. It has been suggested that the canteen may have been commissioned by a wealthy Christian, perhaps, as a special memento of his travels.
Prince Filippo Andrea Doria, Italy to 1845 
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1941 
 See M. Lanci, Trattato delle Simboliche Rappresentanze Arabiche, vol. II, pp. 141-3145 and vol. III, pls. XLV-XLVI, Nos. A, B, and 1-2. Also refer to Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 2.
- Former owner
- Prince Filippo Andrea Doria
Hagop Kevorkian (1872 - 1962)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Ayyubid period (1171 - 1250), birth, chasing, child, Christianity, cow, halo, hammering, inlay, Iraq, Jesus Christ, kufic script, naskh script, spinning (metalwork), Syria, Virgin Mary, washing, WWII-era provenance
- Collection(s) Area
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum