The Seljuk dynasty was of a Sunni Muslim
dynasty of western Turkic origins that gradually
became hugely influenced by the Persian
language, culture, literature, art, and/or identity
and contributed to the Turko-Persian tradition in
the medieval West and Central Asia, from 1037 to
The Seljuks established both the Seljuk Empire
and the Sultanate of Rum, which at their territorial
heights stretched from Anatolia through Iran and
were targets of the First Crusade.
Nowadays, the Seljuks are considered as great
patrons of Persian culture, art, literature, and
language and are regarded as the ancestors of
the present- day inhabitants of Azerbaijan,
Turkey, and Turkmenistan.
A cast bronze ewer with globular body and flared
base, tubular neck and spout, curved handle with
thumb-pad to the rear.
This vaguely zoomorphic-spout ewer
demonstrates a clear continuation of Parthian
and Sasanian forms during the early Islamic
period in Iran. The form characterised by vertical
lines and the overall sombre composition
demonstrate the transition from a figural and
animalistic style to a growing taste for decorative
simplicity and abstraction.