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Topic: brass

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Belt clasp

Belt clasp

Transcaucasia

Belt clasp

Belt clasp

Transcaucasia

Belt Buckle Tongue

Belt Buckle Tongue

Made in Burgundy

Belt Plate
Mask of Bhairava

Mask of Bhairava

This object is from a rare group of early Brahmanical masks. The small fangs seen rising from the corners of the open mouth and the exposed upper teeth identify this deity as Bhairava, a wrathful form of Shiva.... more

Belt Plate
Belt Plate
Belt Plate
Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha

Such portable metal images were important for the spread of the Gandharan style and have been found in Gandhara, Kashmir, and Tibet. The hairstyle of this Buddha is organized in repeating bands, a motif that is... more

Standing Buddha with Radiate Combined Halo

Standing Buddha with Radiate Combined Halo

A few small personal images from Gandhara representing the Buddha have survived. This metal image blends elements seen in the stone sculpture of Gandhara with the Gupta style of north India. Its portability mad... more

Buddha with Radiate Halo and Mandorla

Buddha with Radiate Halo and Mandorla

This image was likely used for personal veneration. The Buddha wears a typical Gandharan-style robe while his hair is reminiscent of images from Swat and Kashmir. Although the combined radiate halo and mandorla... more

Belt Plate
Belt Buckle

Belt Buckle

Made in Burgundy

Belt Plate
Belt Plate

Belt Plate

Made in Burgundy

Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity

Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity

Lakshmi, the sustainer of life who personifies abundance in all its forms, is central to the Brahmanical vision of the universe. She was among the first female deities in India to assume an independent status i... more

Belt Plate
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

This is one of the greatest early medieval metal icons associated with Buddhist art of the Swat Valley. The work is closely connected to related major schools of religious image making in Gilgit (northern Pakis... more

Belt Plate
Tara

Tara

This goddess sits with crossed legs on a double lotus throne and holds her hands a gesture of adoration anjali mudra) but twisted; as this unique hand posture is clear and well executed, we must assume that it ... more

Belt Plate
Buddha
Linga with Face of Shiva (Ekamukhalinga)

Linga with Face of Shiva (Ekamukhalinga)

This rare metal linga is addorsed with the figure of Shiva, who displays a rosary (aksamala) and citron fruit (vijapuraka), representing the seed of the universe. Shiva is routinely described as the “seedgiver,... more

Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva

The Esoteric Buddhist deity Vajrasattva holds a stylized thunderbolt and a bell and sits in royal ease on a stylized mountain, with his pendant foot supported by a lotus bloom. Two snake deities, a naga and nag... more

Karttikeya, the God of War

Karttikeya, the God of War

Here, the god of war sits regally on his vehicle, a peacock, as if enthroned. He displays the rosary (aksamala) favored by his father, Shiva, and, instead of his usual javelin, holds a disk standard seemingly w... more

Crowned and Jeweled Buddha

Crowned and Jeweled Buddha

The Buddha is usually depicted in a monk’s simple garments; however, when he wears rich jewelry and a crown, he evokes the special form of Buddha as a cakravartin, or universal monarch. In Kashmir this form als... more

Mold for Making Jewelry

Mold for Making Jewelry

Attributed to India

Seated Female

Seated Female

Eastern Javanese period

Metal Bottle with Faceted Design

Metal Bottle with Faceted Design

A well-known shape in both metal and glass. The interlacing bands at the base and below the lip suggest a relationship with Samanid inscriptional pottery. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur

Horary quadrant

Horary quadrant

Muhammad ibn Mahmud Probably from Iran, Nishapur

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

The Buddhist embodiment of transcendent wisdom wields a sword in one hand and a manuscript in the other, evoking the cutting away of ignorance and the transmission of enlightenment wisdom, respectively. The cro... more

Bottle with Ribbed Design

Bottle with Ribbed Design

From Iran, Nishapur

Seated Buddha Reaching Enlightenment

Seated Buddha Reaching Enlightenment

This is a sublime and exceedingly rare early medieval depiction of the historical Buddha in meditation posture. His lowered right hand gestures to the earth, calling upon it to bear witness to his resistance of... more

Bell

Bell

Attributed to Iran

Foliate Pedestal for a Buddhist Image

Foliate Pedestal for a Buddhist Image

This foliate pedestal supported an icon (now missing), probably of a seated Buddhist deity in an articulated lotus-bud mandala. The finely modeled openwork design is enhanced with independently cast and gilded ... more

Rice Server Inscribed in Arabic with Good Wishes

Rice Server Inscribed in Arabic with Good Wishes

Common utensils in bronze, though frequently found during archaeological excavations, are rarely exhibited in museums because of the lack of artistic decoration on them. This example is a rare exception. Still ... more

Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums

Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums

Lacquer, celadon, or bronze ensembles composed of four trefoil boxes surrounding a larger round or flower-shaped box served as containers for cosmetics or incense. Very few Goreyo-period lacquer boxes with moth... more

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

Incense was widely used in the medieval Islamic world. At receptions and special events, servants would waft the guests with the aromatic smoke emanating from the openwork of the incense burner and sprinkle the... more

Mortar and pestle made for Abu Bakr 'Ali Malikzad al-Tabrizi

Mortar and pestle made for Abu Bakr 'Ali Malikzad al-Tabrizi

Two of the medallions on this mortar show Jauzahr, the fictitious eighth planet believed responsible for the eclipse of the sun and the moon. Although described in texts as a dragon monster, Jauzahr is depicted... more

Two Ewers with Lamp-shaped Spouts

Two Ewers with Lamp-shaped Spouts

The shape and decoration of this ewer and 54.64 are very similar. On this piece, the handle is preserved, and its leonine form is echoed in the lion mask on the lid. This object represents an early phase of the... more

Ewer

Ewer

Attributed to Iran

Figure

Figure

This small brass figure, whose original use is unknown, represents a standing figure holding a cup. In the pre-Islamic Central Asian Turkic nomadic world, ceremonies involving the drinking of wine from cups wer... more

Crucifix

Crucifix

Made in Cologne or Mosan (?)

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

Incense was widely used in the medieval Islamic world. At receptions and special events, servants would waft the guests with the aromatic smoke emanating from the openwork of the incense burner and sprinkle the... more

Spoon

Spoon

Attributed to Iran

Appliqué Plaque with a Standing Eagle

Appliqué Plaque with a Standing Eagle

This small but powerfully rendered plaque depicting a heraldic bird highlights the varied uses of brass in the medieval Islamic world. The perforations in the body and wings of the bird indicates that thisobjec... more

Stupa
Bracelet
Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Manjushri and his counterpart, Prajnaparamita, the wisdom goddess, are understood as personifications of awakened knowledge. Both display the palm-leaf manuscript (pustaka) as their principal identifier. Manjus... more

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahishasura Mardini)

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahishasura Mardini...

Functioning as an altar shrine, complete with a lustration basin, this icon depicts the goddess Durga in the act of conquering the buffalo demon Mahishasura. Durga crushes the beast with her foot and impales hi... more

Casket

Casket

Made in Iran, Khurasan

Inkwell with twelve Zodiac medallions

Inkwell with twelve Zodiac medallions

The twelve signs of the zodiac are arranged around the surface of the vessel in groups of four, each surrounding a central medallion with a horsemen or a falconer.Virgo (al-sunbula, "ear of corn") is the only s... more

Ewer with Lamp-Shaped Spout

Ewer with Lamp-Shaped Spout

The shape and decoration of this ewer is similar to 33.96. Both represent an early phase of the inlay technique, when areas of intricate inlay were balanced by broad zones of brass. Both bear Arabic inscription... more

Appliqué Plaque with a Tree and Four Birds

Appliqué Plaque with a Tree and Four Birds

This small but powerfully rendered plaque depicting heraldic birds highlights the varied uses of brass in the medieval Islamic world. The perforations in the bodies and wings of the birds indicate that this obj... more

Square Tray with Recessed Medallion

Square Tray with Recessed Medallion

By the early thirteenth century, the new approach to the decoration of metalwork was fully developed. Now, intricate inlaid designs enliven the entire surface. The motifs on this tray reflect the extensive deco... more

Stupa

Stupa

Commemorative stupas (Tibetan: chorten) are the oldest symbols of Buddhism and came to be emblematic of both the dharma and of the Buddha himself. Repositories for relics associated with the Buddha, his discipl... more

Candlestick

Candlestick

Attributed to Egypt

Standing Four-Armed Vishnu
Candlestick

Candlestick

In the medallions decorating this candlestick sits a ruler on a lion‑throne with harpies and attendants, and figures holding a crescent personifying the Moon. Arabic inscriptions around the base and neck wish t... more

Ewer

Ewer

Attributed to Egypt or Syria

Tray

Tray

This tray has concentric bands of decoration around a central Sun disk. Included in the bands are personifications of the six planets and the twelve signs of the Zodiac, coursing animals, and an inscription (th... more

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

Damascus was producing luxury‑quality inlaid metalwork by the early thirteenth century. Many of these objects were made by artists trained in the Mosul tradition and share characteristics with Jaziran works, su... more

Pen Box

Pen Box

Attributed to Iran, possibly Tabriz

Candlestick Base

Candlestick Base

From Syria or Iraq

Inkwell with Zodiac Signs

Inkwell with Zodiac Signs

One of the innovations of the Khurasani metalworkers is the development of animated inscriptions, in which parts of letters are transformed into animal or human figures. Here, the tall letters of the inscriptio... more