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Silver inlaid brass spouted bowl

Mamluk, Egypt, circa 1350-1400

Diameter including spout 8 in, 21 cm

Provenance: Private US Midwest collection


This elegant diminutive spouted bowl derives its shape from a design that goes back to the ancient Egyptian times. Just below the rim there’s a benedictory inscription in Arabic. The lower register encircling the body is composed of seated rulers or kings. The underside is engraved with a king on horseback carrying a lance. The interior engraved with a group of circling fish. It still retains some of its original silver inlay.

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