Arabic Inscription In A Bronze Can, 69 AH / 688-689 CE

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First Composed: 23rd November 2005

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:




Figure: (a) Top view of the bronze can showing the inscription, (b) copy of the original and (c) its content.


69 AH / 688-89 CE.




The translation of the inscription is:

  1. Made in Basra in year sixty nine [of hijra], "barakah", crafted by Ibn Yazid.


Figure (a) shows the top view of the bronze can with the inscription is placed around the rim.

The can was probably produced in Basra in the Umayyad era. Its body is grooved, with a conic base, high neck and a handle with a filigree palmetto ornament.


It was donated by State Museum of Georgia (Tbilisi) to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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[1] М. М. Дъяконов, "Об Одной Ранней Арабской Надписи", Эпиграфика Востока, 1947, Volume I, pp. 5-8. For figures see pp. 6 and 7. [M. M. Diakonov, "Concerning An Early Islamic Inscription", Epigrafika Vostoka, 1947, Volume I, pp. 5-8. For figures, see pp. 6 and 7]

[2] B. Gruendler, The Development Of The Arabic Scripts: From The Nabatean Era To The First Islamic Century According To The Dated Texts, 1993, Harvard Semitic Series No. 43, Scholars Press: Atlanta (GA), p. 154.

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