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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Active Place: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Iran
Title: The Wade Cup
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1225
Creation Date: c. 1200-1225
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: brass inlaid with silver
Dimensions: Diameter: 16.1cm
Inscriptions: The band of animated script around the rim of the cup is a series of good wished for the owner. It translates: "Glory, and success, and government, and bliss, and soundness, and peace of mind, and mercy, and well-being, and good health, and duration, and increase, and satisfaction, and care, and continuance to its owner." Arabic is written from right to left.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1944.485
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: Known as the Wade Cup, after J. H. Wade who bequeathed the funds for its acquisition, this bowl is the best known Islamic art object in the Museum. The rich decoration on the exterior of the bowl is organized into bands and compartments. Climaxing the decorative program is an inscription band at the rim in which the letters are transformed into humans and animals.The compartments created by the interlacing bands contain tiny figures of humans and animals. These represent the twelve signs of the zodiac. The zodiacal signs spring from astrology---the practice of interpreting the influence of planets and stars on earthly affairs. Astrology originated in the Middle East, in Babylonia, some four to five thousand years ago.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1944.485
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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