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Title: Pouring Vessel in the Form of a Bird
Location: Iran, Khurasan
Materials: quaternary copper alloy, cast, engraved and inlaid with silver
Dimensions: 22.8cm (height)
Accession Number: MTW 1430
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.