Purchase, Gift of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1982
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).
Date: late 17th–early 18th centuryMedium: Container: gold; pierced, repoussé, with cast legs and finials
Goa stone: compound of organic and inorganic materialsAccession: 2004.244a–dOn view in:Gallery 463