Metal buckets occurred in pre-Islamic cultures in
the Middle East and it is likely that the Islamic
versions were based on the classical prototype
tapering cylindrical form known to have been
produced in Egypt.
This bucket has a bulbous body, slightly flaring
rim and a semi-circular handle of rather square
This is a masterpiece of Islamic bronze work; the
magnificent bucket is intricately incised with
ornate calligraphy and stylized designs.
Medallions decorate the belly of the bucket. In
each of the intertwined circles at the central
register is the image of a bird against a floral
background, as if the artist wished to evoke the
gardens of paradise alive with their songs.