Ewer with inscriptions and hunting scenes, 11th century
Found at Iran, Nishapur, Tepe Madrasa, E2, Middle Level
Bronze; cast, engraved; H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1938 (38.40.240)
This is a remarkably elaborate and fine example of a little known type of ewer. Worthy of special note is the pomegranate finial on the handle and the scene on the body which includes a man and a saluki hunting dog chasing a hare, and a man fighting a lion, against a background of circular, spiraling floral scrolls. The cursive inscriptions on the neck and shoulder read: "With auspiciousness, blessing, prosperity, and joy" and "With auspiciousness, blessing, joy, happiness, and peace."