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Ewer

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Syria (made)

  • Date:

    1350-1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, engraved and formerly inlaid with silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W L Hildburgh, FSA

  • Museum number:

    M.43-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ewers supported on a pedestal foot began to appear about 1500 and the decoration on this ewer is typical of the brass work made in Venice in the period 1500-1550. The decorative techniques and motifs were influenced by the objects Venetian merchants brought back to the city when trading with the Arab and Turkish empires that bordered the Mediterranean.

Venetian brass work was almost always engraved and often inlaid with silver wire (now missing on this example). The decoration was extensive, often covering the whole surface of the object. It featured the arabesque pattern that was based on a stylised plant with a winding stem. Here the maker has combined the Islamic arabesque with coats of arms, which suggests that the patron might have been a wealthy aristocrat.

Physical description

Ewer with splayed foot, rounded body, straight spout, curved handle and a lid surmounted by a bird, brass with engraved decoration in horizontal registers of foliate scrollwork, roundels, cruciforms and reciprocal trefoil arcading

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Syria (made)

Date

1350-1450 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Brass, engraved and formerly inlaid with silver

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Height: 9.5 in overall, Diameter: 3.75 in foot

Descriptive line

Middle East, Metalwork. Ewer with splayed foot, rounded body, straight spout, curved handle and a lid surmounted by a bird, brass with engraved decoration in horizontal registers of foliate scrollwork, roundels, cruciforms and reciprocal trefoil arcading, Egypt or Syria, 1350-1450

Materials

Brass

Techniques

Engraved; Inlaid

Subjects depicted

Arabesques; Escutcheon; Bird

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Middle East Section

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