Ewer with a Cock-Shaped Spout

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

An almost identical ewer was unearthed near the site where the last Umayyad caliph, Marwan II, was assassinated at Abu Sir in Egypt. Ewers of this type may have been produced in Syria for the Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphs. The pierced decorations follow Byzantine prototypes. The spout, in the shape of a three‑dimensional crowing cock with ruffled wings, is rendered with great realism.

#6680. Ewer with a Cock-Shaped Spout

Ewer with a Cock-Shaped Spout, Bronze; cast and pierced

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