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Title: Early Islamic bronze and brass ewers from the 7th to the mid-13th century
Author: Al-Khamis, Ulrike
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The extant corpus of early Islamic metalwork is characterised by a considerable variety as regards vessel types, shapes and functions. The large number of these surviving objects can provide extensive potential clues regarding the understanding of early Islamic metalwork. Despite this readily available pool of exploitable material, however, Islamic metalwork of the early period has not as yet been the subject of a wholly comprehensive study, and even discussions of specific sections belonging to this discipline remain surprisingly few. The present study on "Early Islamic bronze and brass ewers from the 7th to the mid-13th century" is intended to contribute to this as yet largely unexplored line of research. Early Islamic bronze and brass ewers form a vast and very heterogeneous class of objects. Given the large number of objects that survive and the diversity of their appearance, an ample spectrum of research material is at hand. The aim of the present thesis is to present a preliminary manual, which assembles, as comprehensively as possible, all relevant information available on early Islamic bronze and brass ewer types developed between the 7th century and the mid-13th century. The main body of the thesis is divided into four parts, comprising 1. the Introduction, 2, the Discussion of the Ewers, 3. Additional Research Material and 4. the Conclusion. In Part 2 ca. 350 ewers are assembled according to type, i.e. on the basis of a common or closely related profile. All in all 16 different major ewer types are described and discussed with regard to their typological origin, date and attribution in Islamic times, and its function. A catalogue completes each chapter. The first five chapters deal with ewer types developed in eastern Mediterranean and Egyptian workshops (ewer types EMW 1-5). Chapter 6-10 discuss types developed in Mesopotamian workshops (ewer types MW 1-5) and chapters 11-16 those developed in Iranian and Central Asian workshops (ewer types ICAW 1-6).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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