Date: ca. 1180–1210
Geography: Attributed to Iran or Afghanistan, Khurasan or Herat
Medium: Brass; raised, repoussé, inlaid with silver and a black compound
Dimensions: H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
Diam 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number: 44.15
This ewer comes from a group of silver-inlaid brass vessels of similar shape and size decorated with a variety of imagery. While most of the examples have fluted sides and repoussé lions on their neck, the crowned harpies on the shoulder of this piece and the astrological imagery on its body heighten the auspiciousness of its ornament. Set in medallions of twisting vines terminating in rabbits’ heads, each zodiac sign appears with its ruling planet, enhancing its cosmic message.