A Northern Indian Mughal Bronze 'Aftaba' or Tall Ewer, with finely cast dragon head terminals

A Northern Indian Mughal Bronze 'Aftaba' or Tall Ewer, with finely cast dragon head terminals

1700 to 1800 Indian

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A Northern Indian Mughal Bronze 'Aftaba' or Tall Ewer, with finely cast dragon head terminals
18th CENTURY

Size: 38cm high
In the recently published book by Mark Zebrowski on 'Gold, Silver and

Bronze from the Mughal India', (chapter 10, pg 165) there is an

illustration of a very similar ewer that is in the Staatliche Museum in

Berlin. The feet and cast dragon head terminals corresponds exactly to

those in this example.


This pear shape goes back to the 17th Century and was copied in blue

and white porcelain by the Chinese who then exported them to the Mughal

market. In turn the Mughals also exported their brass pear shaped ewers

to the Middle East, and a 17th Century one was found in Syria to prove

the point.


This example dates from the 18th century and at that period, as

Zebrowski has demonstrated, the pear shape changed into a more

pronounced elongated form and the pedestal base grew four little feet

which gave the ewers more height, and perhaps a little more elegance.
Dimensions
Height 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Medium
Bronze
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