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Ewer

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    late 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:

    M.40-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ewer is both decorative and functional and would probably have been used to carry and pour water. It is cast in the form of a mermaid and the elaborate design suggests that it was a commission from a wealthy patron. It was made between 1550 and 1600 and is a development of the medieval tradition of casting representations of fabulous creatures in brass.

Physical description

Ewer in the form of a mermaid; the spout being a single breast; on her front is a horned mask; with shell foot.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)

Date

late 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Brass

Dimensions

Height: 11.75 in, Width: 6.75 in

Descriptive line

Brass ewer in the shape of a mermaid, with shell foot, Flemish, late 16th century

Materials

Brass

Subjects depicted

Mermaid; Mask

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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