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Ewer with Protruding Lip

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
8th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (28.0 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.549.1
  • Description

    A common feature of ewers made in the early Islamic period is the highly abstracted animal heads at each end of the handle. The protruding horizontal lip is also reminiscent of animal morphology and appears on ewers depicted on post-Sasanian silver plates. Although perhaps not as visually spectacular as similarly shaped late antique silver vessels, bronze ewers such as these had significant material value in their own right as hefty pieces of worked metal.

  • Provenance

    Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton (by 1970–78; gifted to MMA)

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