Bronze Alloy Ewer

SKU PF.7007
Circa

1100 AD to 1200 AD

Dimensions

12.2″ (31.0cm) high x 7.8″ (19.8cm) wide

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Central Asia

Gallery Location

UK


 

Copper alloy ewer with globular body with incised and repousse' decoration, the curved strap handle with a small knob finial. The whole surface with incised motifs and kufic inscriptions and low-relief bands and medallions on the body. The animated well spaced and perfectly suited decoration is in tune with the artistic production of the mid 12th century, when a huge variety of decorative themes and typologies were spurred, commissioned by the emerging strong bourgeoisie in northeastern Iran. Inscriptions occur on nearly every object and usually consist of anonymous wishes, though sometimes they might provide information about patrons, makers and dates of manufacture. For a comparable example see: Ettinghausen et al, Islamic Art and Architecture, 2001 pl.253, p.166.

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