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17th century
Attributed to India
Bronze; cast with pierced decoration
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.1 cm) Max. Diam.
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
This double-walled vessel with an openwork screen exterior is an Indian water vase, called a lota. Its outer wall, pierced with foliate patterns organized into medallions, surrounds an inner conical receptacle for water. A polylobed rim unites the two walls. The vessel’s shape, with its round body and ridged neck, refers to the form of hollowed-out melons that were the original material used in the creation of lotas.
[ Spink & Sons Ltd., London, until 1982; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Radiance: Metalwork from Islamic India," September 25, 2001–May 5, 2002, no catalogue.

Zebrowski, Mark. Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India. London: Laurence King Publishers, 1997. p. 206, ill. fig. 320 (b/w).

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