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  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 5

This ewer, supported on a pedestal foot, is of a type that began to appear in the 15th century. As with earlier three-legged ewers, the spout is shaped like the head and open jaws of some fabulous creature. The source of this motif is unknown but it remained popular for a long time, and indeed was still being used to embellish teapots and coffee pots in the late 18th century.

Physical description

Ewer with cover. The handle and spout are each in the shape of a dragon-like creature.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 30.5 cm, Diameter: 11.8 cm at base

Descriptive line

Brass ewer with cover, the handle and spout in the form of dragon-like creatures, Flemish, 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Turner, Eric. Brass. 1982. p. 25, p. 19
Tim Stanley ed., with Mariam Rosser-Owen and Stephen Vernoit, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East, London, V&A Publications, 2004; p. 126, plate 150.

Labels and date

Brass Ewer
The Netherlands or Germany

The handle and spout of this European style of ewer are cast in the form of dragon-like beasts. This brass example has a plain pedestal foot. But the actual model for the Turkish ewer to the left was probably made of gold or silver and had a decorated, faceted foot.

Cast brass

Museum no. 539-1869 [Jameel Gallery]



Subjects depicted





Metalwork Collection

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