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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.

To 1845
Prince Filippo Andrea Doria, Italy to 1845 [1]

To 1941
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York [2]

From 1941
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1941 [3]


[1] 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.

[2] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Former owner
Prince Filippo Andrea Doria
Hagop Kevorkian (1872 - 1962)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel
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

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