• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A LARGE BRONZE CAULDRON

    PROBABLY KUBACHI, DAGHESTAN, SECOND HALF 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE BRONZE CAULDRON
    PROBABLY KUBACHI, DAGHESTAN, SECOND HALF 14TH CENTURY
    The cast copper alloy body of hemispherical form, rising from three short faceted feet to a flat rim with four flanges, the two knobs with three protruding buttons, a foliate scroll around the rim, each flange decorated with a large central palmette motif and two confronted mythical beasts, small cracks to the rim, one foot repaired
    24in. (61.cm.) max. diam.


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    The cauldrons produced in Khorassan in the 12th century and the early 13th century, of similar hemispherical form, are likely to have been the model for the later examples produced in Daghestan. Two spherical cauldrons in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and in the Hermitage Museum have been attributed to the city of Kubachi in the western mountains of Caucasus and dated to the second half of the 14th century on the basis of funerary and architectural material. With their four flanges and the almost identical decoration composed of confronted beasts, the Doha and the St Petersburg cauldrons are extremely close to our cauldron (James Allan, Metalwork treasures from the Islamic Courts, p. 88, cat. 28 and Beyond the Palace Walls, exhibition catalogue, Edinburgh, 2006, p. 68, cat. 60). With its hemispherical shape, the present example is however much rarer than other Daghestan cauldrons from the same period.

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    Provenance

    Formerly Japanese collection formed in the 1970s and 1980s