Date: ca. 1180–1210

Geography: Attributed to Iran or Afghanistan, Khurasan or Herat

Medium: Brass; raised, repoussé, inlaid with silver and a black compound

Dimensions: H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
Diam 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944

Accession Number: 44.15


This ewer comes from a group of silver-inlaid brass vessels of similar shape and size decorated with a variety of imagery. While most of the examples have fluted sides and repoussé lions on their neck, the crowned harpies on the shoulder of this piece and the astrological imagery on its body heighten the auspiciousness of its ornament. Set in medallions of twisting vines terminating in rabbits’ heads, each zodiac sign appears with its ruling planet, enhancing its cosmic message.