Egypt or Syria
Brass; engraved and inlaid with silver and black compound
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm), Diam. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891 (91.1.553)
With the Sun in the center, the seven planets and all twelve signs of the Zodiac are arranged on the bottom of this basin. The titles of an unknown noble circle the rim. This basin would have been used for ablutions with a matching ewer.
When shown alone, the symbol for Scorpio (al-caqrab, "the scorpion") is two scorpions with their bodies curved in a circle. When shown with its Planetary Lord Mars, Mars holds the scorpions by their tails. Because he cannot also hold his two attributes, a sword and a severed head, when shown with Scorpio he wears a helmet and a coat of mail so that he is still recognizable.