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Name of Object:

Ewer with a cock-shaped spout

Location:

New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 1st–early 3rd century / AD 8th–early 9th century

Museum Inventory Number:

41.65

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Bronze; cast and pierced

Period / Dynasty

Umayyad

Provenance:

Syria

Description:

A ewer almost identical to this one was unearthed near the site where the last Umayyad caliph, Marwan II, was assassinated at Abu Sir in Egypt. This example’s pierced decorations follow Byzantine prototypes, and its spout, in the shape of a three‑dimensional crowing cock with ruffled wings, is rendered with great realism. Ewers of this type may have been produced in Syria for Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphs.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941

Citation of this web page:

 "Ewer with a cock-shaped spout" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;22;en

MWNF Working Number: US3 22

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