The Fould Bucket, Anatolia, 13th century
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg


A larger image of The Fould Bucket, Anatolia, 13th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg


Title: Cauldron
Place of creation: Anatolia
Authors: Master: Muhammad ibn Nasir ibn Muhammad, Al-Herewi
Date: Middle of the 13th century
Material: bronze, copper and silver
Technique: gilded and decorated with inlay
Dimensions: height 18.5 cm
Acquisition date: Entered the Hermitage in 1955; transferred from the Board of Art Exhibitions and Panoramas through the State Purchasing Commission
Inventory Number: ИР-1668
Source: State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg






The Fould bucket is signed by the craftsman Muhammad b. Nasir b. Muhammad al-Haravi.
Manufactured in the Seljuk Sultanate of of Rum.

The Kufic and naskhī inscriptions on the body are calligraphic in the full sense of the word, which cannot be said of that on the rim. The tips of the shafts of its ascenders are in the form of human heads, though they are carelessly executed. Moreover, some of the letters of the inscription on the rim are carelessly engraved and inlaid with silver.

Giuzalian’s reading of the inscription is as follows:
“Glory to its exalted possessor, the merchant Jamal al-Din, champion of Islam, well known to emperors and sultans, ʿAli b. Ahmad al-Bistami (?). May Allah prolong his merits! Long may he abide!”21

Source: A. A. IVANOV Translated by J. M. ROGERS A Second "Herat Bucket" and its Congeners



See also a Daghestani cauldron with cavalryman in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Inventory Number: ТП-175
Seljuk Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Other 13th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers