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Garden Fountain

Object Name:
Fountain
Date:
early 17th century
Geography:
India, Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast in sections, joined and engraved
Dimensions:
H. 38 7/16 in. (97.7 cm) W. 26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm) L. 36 11/16 in. (93.2 cm) Wt. 223 lbs. (101.2 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.150
  • Description

    Some of the forms on this fountain, such as its hourglass shape and the lion mask (kirttimukha) on its spout, can be traced to Hindu sources, but their combination with a strong architectural profile and articulated ribs places its production at one of the Muslim courts of the Deccan. The fountain was formed from seven separately cast parts soldered together in a fashion reminiscent of contemporary cannon construction. Water would have been forced up through the pipe that projects from the base of the fountain, and would have trickled down the outside from the circular well at the top.

  • Provenance

    Private collection, Europe; [ Terence McInerney, until 1997; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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