The Blacas Ewer

In 1232, Shuja' ibn Man'a al-Mawsili completed a magnificent brass ewer inlaid with copper and silver, very likely for the local ruler of Mosul, Iraq. With its vignettes of sports, battles, and courtly entertainments, this ceremonial vessel is a celebration of aristocratic life under the Seljuq Turks.

Featured Object:
Maker: Shuja' ibn Man'a al-Mawsili. The Blacas Ewer, dated A.H. Rajab 629/A.D. April–May 1232. Jazira, Mosul; Iraq. Brass; raised, engraved, inlaid with copper and silver; H. 11 7/8 in. (30 cm), Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm). Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum, London (1866,12–29.61)

Produced in association with Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from April 27 through July 24, 2016.

The video is made possible by the Mossaver Rahmani Fund for Iranian Art.

Director: Christopher Noey
Producer: Kate Farrell
Editor: Karlie Efinger, Dia Felix
Camera: Kelly Richardson
Lighting Director: Ned Hallick
Gaffer: Foster McLaughlin
Production Coordinator: Lisa Rifkind
Production Assistants: Sarah Cowan, Stephanie Wuertz
Music: Austin Fisher
Graphics: Natasha Mileshina

© 2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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