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Ewer with a Feline-Shaped Handle

Object Name:
7th century
Bronze; cast, chased, and inlaid with copper
Max. H. 19 1/8 in. (48.5 cm); Max. Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This ewer demonstrates a continuation of Parthian and Sasanian forms during the early Islamic period in Iran. The lobed forms represent mountains and the vertical lines surmounted by budlike shapes are probably plants. Its overall composition and motifs demonstrate the transition from a figural style to a growing taste for rhythmic repeating patterns. The handle is shaped like an elongated cat peering at the heads of two birds depicted on the rim of the vessel, as though about to pounce.
Prince Orloff, Russia (probably by 1912); [ Demotte, Inc., New York]; [ Brummer Gallery, New York, by 1940–47; sold to MMA]
Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. v. III, p. 2703, ill. fig. 910.

Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. Gallery XI, no. 35, p. 321.

Ettinghausen, Richard, Hugo Buchthal, Otto Kurz, Marvin Chauncey Ross, Basil Gray, George C. Miles, Nabih A. Faris, and Carl Johan Lamm. Ars Islamica, part 2, Vol. VII (1940). p. 115, ill. figs. 17, 19.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Review of the year 1947." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 7, no. 1 (Summer 1948). pp. 14-15.

University of Michigan Museum of Art. "Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Arts of Luxury from Iran." In Sasanian Silver. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1967. no. 57, p. 138, ill. fig. 57 (b/w).

"An Offering of Treasures Celebrating the tenth Anniversary of ASIA HOUSE GALERY." In Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections II. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1970. no. 4, pp. 28-29, ill. p. 29 (b/w).

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de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 312, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 5, p. 29, ill. p. 29 (color).

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