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MTW 1584
MTW 1584

Large Ewer

MTW 1584

India, probably the Deccan

16th century

MTW 1584
MTW 1584, detail
MTW 1657

Large Ewer

MTW 1584

India, probably the Deccan

16th century

bronze, piece-cast, with pierced and engraved decoration

53 x 48cm

The ewer is a magnificent fusion of the traditional compressed spherical water pots of the Indian sub-continent, with the heritage of Timurid dragon-handled and dragon-spouted vessels as interpreted in the Sultanates of the Deccan. Notably, the cast handle has the head of a makara at the base with a foliate spray in its jaws and a lion’s or a tiger’s head biting the rim.

An almost identical ewer is also in the Collection (MTW 1657; see illustration below).

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.359, pp.302–3.