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An Indian-Islamic Bronze Ewer, 18th C. Mughal or Deccan

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An Indian-Islamic Bronze Ewer, 18th C. Mughal or Deccan

A Cast Bronze Ewer, India, 18th Century. Islamic. Mughal, Northern Indian or possibly Deccan. This is one of four known Indian bronze ewers which almost certainly originated from the same workshop. The pear shaped body is decorated with chiseled lotus petals at the shoulder and base as well as engraved foliate decoration and rests on a rectangular pedestal supported by four short feet. The serpentine handle terminates in dragon and lion heads and contrasts sharply with the straight, angled spout. This example is only slightly smaller than a nearly identical example sold in 2007 at Sotheby’s, where the original hinged cover on our example is rather more pointed (showing more of a Safavid, Persian influence) than the flatter, domed lid in the Sotheby’s example which otherwise varies only slightly in the placement of the lotus petal decoration and the splay of the feet. Condition: excellent, no dents, reattachments or replacements, original casting flaw to the undecorated lid, the handle smoothed from use. Dimensions and Weight: approximately 29.8 cm (11-3/4”) high and weighing 2K234g (4 lbs, 14.8 ounces). The Sotheby’s example was identified as 37.5cm. Note: See Sotheby’s, London, New Bond Street, Sale L07220, 18 April 07. Arts of the Islamic World, Lot 138 described as “A Cast Bronze Ewer, India, 18th Century.” That example realized a hammer price with buyer’s premium of GBP 3,120 (approximately U.S. $6399.29) on 18 April 07. The catalogue notes a similar example owned by the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and another by the Museum fur Islamische Kunst, Berlin, illustrated in Zebrowski 1997, p. 164, no. 234 and that Zebrowski draws a connection between the lotus petals found on these eighteenth century ewers to earlier lotus thrones of Hindu and Buddhist sculpture. Sotheby’s seems to concur with the idea that this is a Northern Indian piece, but another expert has identified this as Deccan, but in either case, 18th C. Islamic and Indian. Additional detailed photographs will be e-mailed to you on request.

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