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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Ewer
Title Type: Object name
View: top view
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 699
Creation Date: 7th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: Cast, chased, inlaid bronze
Dimensions: H. to top of feline's head 19 1/8 in. (48.5 cm); W. including handle 9 13/16 in. (25 cm); L. of handle 11 7/16 in. (29 cm); Diam. of body 8 1/4 in. (21.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 47.100.90
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947

This ewer, originally inlaid with copper, demonstrates how early Islamic art produced in Iran was influenced by Parthian and Sasanian sources. The shape of the ewer is reminiscent of both Parthian and Sasanian metalwork, while the duck heads on the rim and the abstract vegetal design covering the body are motifs of Sasanian derivation. The overlapping petals on the foot were inspired by Parthian designs.

AMICA ID: MMA_.47.100.90
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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