Iranian7th-8th century (late Sassanian-early Islamic)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This ewer with geometric and floral designs, exemplifies a group of cast brass ewers, which may belong to the earliest known examples of Islamic metalwork. It is distinguished by its pear-shaped body, elegant palmette handle, and vegetal designs in bold relief.


  • Title: Ewer
  • Date Created: 7th-8th century (late Sassanian-early Islamic)
  • Physical Dimensions: w20 x h37.2 cm
  • Type: ewers
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: brass with copper inlay
  • Provenance: F. R. Martin, Stockholm, Sweden; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Iran
  • ExhibitionHistory: Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001
  • Artist: Iranian

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