Inlaid brass jug

This silver and copper inlaid brass jug comes from Khurusan in northeast Iran. Khurasani metalworkers were known for their fine craftsmanship. The jug's silver and copper inlays features three bands of inscriptions on the body, all of them benedictory. The inscriptions are in cursive naskh and Kufic-Abbasid scripts. The body of the jug is faceted with a domed lid and a bird finial. The shape of the jug is typical of those produced this period. Kufic-Abbasid is a term used to refer to a group of early angular scripts that were used for copying early Qur'ans and are inscribed on objects and architecture. Naskh is a cursive script used in Islamic calligraphy for scribal purposes.