Cauldron, Copper alloy; worked and incised

Cauldron

Date:
mid-15th century
Geography:
Found/excavated Caucasus, Dagestan
Medium:
Copper alloy; worked and incised
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/8 in. (39 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.196
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This cauldron was made from a copper alloy sourced in the Caucasus Mountains, a region that has been mined for its metals for hundreds of years. While its basic shape is derived from traditional forms, the cauldron is unusual for its large size, the arabesques on its rim, and the lions that attach four rings to its body.
Ruth Blumka, New York (until 1975; gifted to MMA)