late 12th or early 13th century AD
quaternary copper alloy, beaten, engraved and inlaid with silver; handle cast
36 x 16.5cm
The ewer is principally decorated with inscriptions, all benedictory – on the fluted body, the shoulders and the neck – and with cartouches with a crescent moon. The neck bears two sitting lions with their right forepaws raised, worked in repoussé, and on the spout is a lion couchant.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.106, p.98.