Ewer
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1941.1
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Ewer
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1200
Places
Creation Place: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Herat
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brass
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
40 cm (15 3/4 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Eric Schroeder
Accession Year
1941
Object Number
1941.1
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
This ewer, with its fluted body and wide shoulder, has a shape characteristic of the wares of Ghurid Herat. The missing handle would have been attached near the top of the neck and in the center of the body. Benedictory inscriptions in naskh script can be seen on the shoulder and in two bands on the fluted body. The silver inlay gives great emphasis to the inscriptions and to the arabesque and crescent decorative motifs. (Notes from Glory and Prosperity exhibition, February - June 2002.)

Label Text: Glory and Prosperity: Metalwork of the Islamic World, written 2002
Ewer
Afghanistan, Herat, Ghurid, c. 1200
Brass with silver inlay
Gift of Eric Schroeder
1941.1

This ewer, with its fluted body and wide shoulder, has a shape characteristic of the wares of Ghurid Herat. The missing handle would have been attached near the top of the neck and at the center of the body. Benedictory inscriptions in naskh script can be seen on the shoulder and in two bands on the body. The silver inlay gives great emphasis to the inscriptions and to the arabesque and crescent decorative motifs.

Label Text: Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork, written 2011
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Fragmentary Ewer
Eastern Iran or Afghanistan, Ghurid dynasty, late 12th–early 13th century
Brass, incised, with silver inlay
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Eric Schroeder
1941.1

Analysis reveals that this ewer is a three-piece composite object. The neck was cast of leaded brass, the faceted body was hammered from sheet brass, and the base is a modern replacement. The three parts are joined with a lead-tin solder (the joins are seen as a bright line in figure A). Incised silver-inlay decoration forms Arabic inscriptions and an interlacing pattern of leaves (figure D).

Publication History

Melanie Michailidis, Glory and Prosperity: Metalwork of the Islamic World, brochure, ed. Marsha Pomerantz, Harvard University Art Museums (2002), p. 5, fig 7, fig. 7A

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2001-2002 (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 41 detail

Exhibition History

Islamic Art From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/1974

Islamic Art and the Written Word, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1983 - 11/27/1983

Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/2011 - 06/01/2013

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted