Bronze Ewer with Bird Finial and Handle

SKU BF.010
Circa

300 BC to 300 AD

Dimensions

10″ (25.4cm) high x 5″ (12.7cm) wide

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

Of elegant proportions and with a pleasing dark green patina, this ewer, once used for the pouring of water, makes for a very beautiful addition to any collection. Stood upon a delicate foot, the bulbous body curves gently upwards until its form subtly merges into the tall neck and flaring spout that is so characteristic of ewers. What sets this particular vessel apart from others are the two rather large bird finials, one acting as a handle, and the other more intricate bird, possibly an eagle, acting as a way of steading the angle at which the ewer is held to control the pouring of the water. Their size and intricacy are rare, and are suggestive of this vessel having come from the Eastern Mediterranean.

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