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  • Base of a ewer with Zodiac medallions, Seljuq period (1040–1196), first half of 13th century
    Iran
    Brass; engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

    H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm), Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
    Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891 (91.1.530)

    The full zodiacal cycle is depicted in the twelve medallions on the facets of this vessel. It also has three inscriptional bands, each in a different calligraphic style, that express traditional blessings to the owner. Here, Gemini (al-jawza, "the twins") appears as a single body with two heads, an unusual variation on its typical depiction as twin brothers.

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  • Base of a ewer with Zodiac medallions, Seljuq period (1040–1196), first half of 13th century
    Iran
    Brass; engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

    H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm), Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
    Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891 (91.1.530)


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