- Museum number
Brass ewer inlaid with silver and copper; made of several sheets of brass hammered and welded. Decorated in relief around the spout and neck with figures of lions and birds.
- Production date
Height: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was once meant to hold water for washing. It belongs to a group of long-spouted ewers attributed to Herat in the late 1100s and early 1200s, when this city flourished as a centre for the production of inlaid brass objects before the Mongol invasions of the mid-1200s. Examples of this type have passed through the art market in recent years (e.g., Boisgirard, 'Arts d'Orient et de l'Islam', Paris, 11 April 2013, p.72, lot 128)
- On display (G33/dc34a/s3)
- Exhibition history
2011 March-July, London, BM, 'No Equal in All the World: Artistic Legacies from Herat, Afghanistan'
2004 7 Jan-7 Apr, Kuala Lumpur, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 'Mightier than the Sword'
2003 22 Mar-25 May, University of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 'Mightier than the Sword'
2000 1 Nov, Durham, Writing Arabic
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- MLA Register: "Before 1845 these ewers were in the possession of a Roman jeweller named Rota; they then passed into that of M. Odiot of Paris (see M. A. Lanci, Trattato delle symboliche rappresentanze arabiche, Paris 1845, p. 62)."
- Middle East
- Registration number