Animal-headed Ewer

Unidentified Artist12th century

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

This ewer features a squat, high-hipped body, atop a hollow foot ring. The neck tapers to a spout in the shape of an animal head. The head is crowned by horns that curve into circles. A small handle curves from the back of the animal head to a second and simpler spout, that presumably made it easier to fill the ewer and pour from it. Surface decoration is both carved (incised lines on the horns) and molded (segment lines and arabesques on the body). Small scrolling lines within the segments echo the shape of the horns. Except for the foot ring, the ewer is covered in translucent cobalt-blue glaze.

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  • Title: Animal-headed Ewer
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Date: 12th century
  • Physical Dimensions: h25.0 cm
  • Period: Seljuk-Atabeg period
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ann B. Goodman and Arthur B. Pardee
  • Creation Place: Iran/Middle East
  • Type: Vessels
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Fritware with molded decoration under monochrome blue glaze


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