The Blacas Ewer
From Mosul, northern Iraq, AH 629 / AD 1232
Decorated with courtly scenes.
This ewer may have been patronized by Badr al-Din Lu’lu’, who was an interesting character. Wikipedia says:
"Lu’lu’ was an Armenian convert to Islam, in the household of the Zangid ruler Nur al-Din Arslanshah I. [i.e. a slave] Recognized for his abilities as an administrator, he rose to the rank of atabeg and, after 1211, served as regent until the death of the last Zengid, Nasir al-Din Mahmud in 1233. From this time on, he ruled independently, careful to preserve his sovereignty through a series of tactical submissions to larger neighboring powers.”