In the art of Bidri, pure silver is inlaid against a black background made of zinc and copper to create delicate decorative patterns on items of domestic use for wealthy patrons. The term 'Bidri' is derived from Bidar (Karnataka), the earliest centre of this art tradition in India. The art form was introduced in Persia in the 14th century where it was used to embellish weapons.
Floral, figurative and calligraphic patterns were used to embellish objects of domestic use. This ewer was acquired by the Museum along with an elaborately designed tushta (basin) with intricate Bidri work on it. The shape of this ewer, with its wide body and a long, straight spout indicates that it was perhaps used to store hot water.