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Ewer

Date:
dated A.D. 1707
Geography:
Attributed to Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Copper
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm) Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.67.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 461
An inscription in Greek records that this ewer was made for Thomas Cantacuzene, protspatharios (chief guardsman) in 1707. He would have been part of the class of Greek aristocrats known as Phanariots who remained powerful in Istanbul society during the Ottoman period.
Inscription: In Greek: "Thomas Cantacuzene, Protspatharios, A.D. 1707." (Trans. Prof. Romily Jenkins)
Alexander W. Drake, New York (until 1907; his sale, American Art Galleries,New York, February 25–28, March 1–2, 1907, lot 407, to MMA)
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