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Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

This large carved marble jar was used to store drinking water, intended for use at a Cairo mosque. 

The inscription on this jar states that it was an endowment by the amir Zain al‑Din Yahya al‑Ustadar, who served as steward and official during the reign of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438–53) and later rulers of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt.

Mamluk Sultanate

The Mamluk Sultanate (1250–1517) was a medieval state with its capital in Cairo, Egypt, which lasted until the Ottoman conquest of Egypt in 1517.

At its height, the sultanate represented the zenith of medieval Egyptian political, economic, and cultural glory in the Islamic Golden Age.


A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. Many mosques,  which originated on the Arabian Peninsula, have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls in varying architectural styles.

Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar

  • Title:              Marble Jar of Zayn al-Din Yahya Al-Ustadar
  • Date:             1444
  • Made in:        Egypt, Cairo
  • Materials:      Marble
  • Culture:         Mamluk
  • Dimensions:  H: 30 in. (76.2 cm); D: 22 in. (55.9 cm); Wt: 290 lbs. (131.5 kg)
  • Category:      Islamic Art
  • Museum:      Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

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