Ewer (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
copper alloy, solder
North India, India
Overall: 15 3/4 × 15 × 5 1/2 in. (40.01 × 38.1 × 13.97 cm)
The ewer, which was introduced to India from Iran and Central Asia, was used throughout the Islamic world for ritual handwashing that preceded prayer and other religious activities. Many ewers had matching basins. This elegant example, cast in several parts from a copper alloy, combines Persian and Indian design elements.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Dye, Joseph M. The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. London: Philipp Wilson, 2001. (cat. no. 173, pp. 400, 517-18)
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