for the pair
A fine pair of early 20th C. gadur (also written as gador) urns, one of cast brass and one of bronze, each inlaid with silver bands in elaborate geometric designs. Such containers were presented as gifts among wealthy Muslim Moro families on Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines. These vessels were a sign of wealth and a testament to the craftsmen that created them. An extremely labor intensive process is required to craft these vessels, but the result is spectacular. Both feature a rounded base with low foot ring that rises up to a bulbous shoulder with attached handles. Each has a traditional domed lid with tall, spire-like finials, one topped with an old American-Philippine coin, issued for the Philippines while under sovereignty of the United States. PROVENANCE: From the estate of Dr. Edward Gerber. CONDITION: Both are in very good condition and have a patina consistent with their age. One handle is missing from one shoulder. DIMENSIONS: 22.5” high (shorter) and 24.5” high (taller); approx. 12” diameter.
BB165 $2,800 Pair