Rare Indian ewer
North India, 15th century
Height: 33 cm
This beautiful Indian ewer is a very rare and early example of late medieval Indian metalwork from a group of which only three examples are known, including this one. The large belly of the ewer is decorated with medallions adorned with winged figures probably inspired by the medieval Persian winged females figure of harpies. The neck is elegantly flared; the curved handle and the zoomorphic double spout is crowned with birds. In Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, Mark Zebrowski describes two closely related examples of ewers, one from le Dauphin Collection, and another from the Nuhad Es-Said collection, now in the collection of the Qatar Museum (MW.464.2007) as the earliest pieces that can be assigned to the Indian sub-continent late medieval metalwork production.
For a closely related ewer from the Dauphin Collection, see: Zebrowski, M. (1997) Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, London: Alexandria Press in Association with Laurence King, pl. 162 and 166, pp. 134 – 136.
For another similar example from the Nuhad Es-Said Collection, see: Allan, J.W. (1982) Islamic Metalwork, The Nuhad Es-Said Collection, London: Sotheby Publications by Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, cat. 27, pp. 118-121 & Zebrowski, M. (1997) Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, London: Alexandria Press in Association with Laurence King, pl. 165, p. 136.