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Bathing ewer

Iran or India, early 17th century
Cast copper alloy inlaid with black composition
H. 30.2 cm; Max. Diam. 18.85 cm
Musée du Louvre, Musée des Arts décoratifs deposit, gift of Ernest May, 1910
Ucad 17004

This shape of ewer is well attested in the early seventeenth century and was copied on ceramic wares in Safavid Iran: it finds its inspiration in Chinese wares with spouts in the shape of a mythical creature.

A band of Persian inscription written in nasta’liq script decorates the upper part of the body.

The décor features arabesques and tree-designs. This kind of ewers may have originally come from India during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century and subsequently spread to Persia.

Bathing ewer
Bathing ewer
Ucad 17004
© RMN / Lewandowski