Basin of Sultan Qaytbay

Object Name: Basin

Date: ca. 1468–96

Geography: Egypt or Syria

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Brass; inlaid with silver

Dimensions: H. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Diam. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Accession Number: 91.1.565


The reign of Sultan Qaitbay (1468–96), the last great Mamluk sultan, briefly revitalized the declining metalwork industry, but not to the heights of fourteenth century production. The repoussé work that creates the lobed petal‑like form is typical of the late Mamluk period, as are the pincerlike termini of the vertical letters in the inscription.