Bucket of engraved brass with silver inlay, the decoration continuing over the base, 1475-1550
Bucket, Attributed to Zayn al-Din, Northwestern Iran, Turkey, Egypt or Syria, Around 1475–50, Brass, hammered, chased and inlaid with silver, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Bucket

Attributed to Zayn al-Din, Northwestern Iran, Turkey, Egypt or Syria, Around 1475-50

This intricately patterned bucket, identified as the work of the master metalworker Zayn al-Din, is associated with the hammam, or bath house. Its rich decoration suggests it was made for holding wine and could have been used in the hammam’s social spaces. The superb decoration on its base would have been seen when wine was poured for each guest.

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Two men sit across from each other at a table covered with a brown tablecloth, playing cards. Both men wear overcoats and hats, and the man on the left smokes a pipe. They sit inside a wooden building. i Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, around 1892-96, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

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