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Ewer with Birds and Animals

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; probably Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless; blown, folded foot, applied handle, cut
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.5 cm), max. diam. 4 in. (10.2 cm), Diam. (at rim) 3 5/8 in. (9.1 cm) Diam. (belly) 4 in. (10.2 cm) Diam. (base) 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.101
  • Description

    This ewer decorated with quadrupeds and birds in roundels, probably made in Nishapur, is one of the best examples of glass vessels with wheel-cut designs. The two roundels on either side of the handle show long-tailed birds, and the third bears a crouching lion. While this was the only glass vessel found at Nishapur with a pattern of roundels around its body, the decoration type is known from other examples of Sasanian and Islamic metalwork, textiles, ceramics, and glass. Broken when excavated, it has been reassembled from approximately twenty pieces and its surface retains slight traces of iridescence.

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