Pouring Vessel in the Form of a Bird

quaternary copper alloy, cast, engraved and inlaid with silver

22.8cm (height)

The vessel is in the form of a stylised long-necked bird, with a plump body and stubby tail. Its plumage is delicately engraved. Two small lugs on the neck may have been for a detachable half cylinder to complete it. The neck and breast bear benedictory naskh inscriptions.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.94, p.91.