Every month a different piece selected from the permanent collection of the museum of the Alhambra is shown.
This month, the art historian Gaspar Aranda Pastor will be presenting the study of a large metal bowl which once belonged to the prestigious sumptuary art of the Mamluk Dynasty, the rulers of Egypt at the time the Nasrids ruled Granada.
Given the loss of all the luxury metal dishes that once formed part of the tableware at the Palaces of the Alhambra, and which are mentioned in texts from the period, the study of this magnificent bowl gives us some idea of the technical and decorative quality achieved by 14th and 15th century craftsmen. The piece, which was donated to the Museum of the Alhambra by Manuel Gómez-Moreno in the middle of the last century, stands out due to its large volume, its unusual shape, with a large spout on the edge, and the jumbled, engraved decoration. This decoration includes a coat of arms used by the Mamluk Sultan Q?ytb?y (1468-1496) and by his Emirs. The name of one of these senior figures appears in the inscriptions engraved on the bowl.