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Inlaid Ewer

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
late 15th– first quarter 16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast and turned, engraved, inlaid with silver and black compound
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/8 in. (13.0 cm) Diam. (rim) 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.611
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
The potbellied form of this brass ewer is found in jade, metal, and ceramic objects from Iran, Central Asia, and China during the late medieval period. Produced under Timurid rule, this ewer was cast and turned before being inlaid with silver and a black compound, much of which has since been lost. The presence of floral interlace and vine scrolls, as well as the cross-hatching in the background, is typical of Timurid metal objects from the early fifteenth century onward.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
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