Incised Bronze Jug

SKU GD.035
Circa

11 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD

Dimensions

12.8″ (32.5cm) high x 8.1″ (20.6cm) wide

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Central Asia

Gallery Location

UK


 

This ewer has a globular body, a shallow foot-rim, a tall neck and a tall lobbed handle connecting the faceted neck to the body. The figure of a harpy dominates the decoration of the body. The harpy features in many contexts and traditions as a creature with magical powers and other worldly associations. This mythical creature usually features in Islamic art as a decorative device with generally positive connotations as do other mythical beasts such as griffins and sphinxes.

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