Islamic Design Art
Ablutions Basin of Yemeni Sultan al-Mujahid Sayf al-Din 'Ali,ca.
Although commissioned for a Rasulid sultan of Yemen, this basin reflects prevailing tastes of early fourteenth century Cairo and was clearly produced there or in Damascus, where comparable pieces were created. Bold inscriptions on the wall and rim constitute the central decorative theme, punctuated by medallions featuring lotus blossoms and the Rasulid emblem, a five‑petaled rosette.
Metropolitan Museum of Art