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Ewer with a Feline-Shaped Handle

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
7th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, chased, and inlaid with copper
Dimensions:
Max. H. 19 1/8 in. (48.5 cm); Max. Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.90
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Prince Orloff, Russia (probably by 1912); [ Demotte, Inc., New York]; [ Brummer Gallery, New York, by 1940–47; sold to MMA]

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