A very good late 19th - early 20th century Tibetan ewer, crafted of thin, hand-worked sheets of what is probably some type of brass/bronze amalgam that has acquired a rich chocolate patina over time, with deep repousse and chasing techniques forming the decorative bands along the shoulder, neck, and lid of vessel, a well-formed makara shaped spout and handle, all atop a splayed footed base. Overall a very nice example with legitimate age, good presence, and very decorative.
Size and Condition: 11 inches tall, 14 1/2 inches across spout to handle. This piece has certainly not endured the ages without taking a few good knocks along the way, as there are several noticeable dents and dings around the body and the cover, and there is deformation on the foot. These condition issues however, are not unexpected for a piece of utilitarian ware from a rugged environment that was no doubt actually put to great use, and should be seen as indicia of age.