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MTW 754
MTW 754

Ewer

MTW 754

Iran

12th century AD

MTW 754

Ewer

MTW 754

Iran

12th century AD

quaternary copper alloy, hammered, worked in relief and engraved, with the neck and the handle separately cast

38 x 23.5cm

This large ewer is one of a number of globular vessels with conspicuous spouts resembling birds’ heads, but the craftsman has here allowed his fantasy full play. The openwork spout is in the form of a long-necked bearded lynx, which from the front seems to emerge from a low décolletage. There are bands of inscription, both benedictory, on the shoulders and at the base, and at mid-height a band of relief lozenges and half-lozenges. Between the two bands, the metal surface bears random, engraved foliate motifs and amorphous cross-hatched circles. The neck has concave flutes and a pair of lugs which may have secured a hood over the spout and mouth.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.93, p.91.