Object Name: Ewer
Date: 8th–early 9th century
Medium: Bronze; cast and pierced
Dimensions: H. 15 1/2 in.(39.4 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941
Accession Number: 41.65
An almost identical ewer was unearthed near the site where the last Umayyad caliph, Marwan II, was assassinated at Abu Sir in Egypt. Ewers of this type may have been produced in Syria for the Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphs. The pierced decorations follow Byzantine prototypes. The spout, in the shape of a three‑dimensional crowing cock with ruffled wings, is rendered with great realism.