Ewer with Inscriptions and Hunting Scenes

Object Name: Ewer

Date: 11th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur

Medium: Bronze; cast, engraved

Dimensions: H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1938

Accession Number: 38.40.240


This is a remarkably elaborate and fine example of a little-known type of ewer. Of special note are the pomegranate finial on the handle and the scenes on the body, which include a man and a saluki hunting dog chasing a hare, and a man fighting a lion, both set against a background of circular, spiraling floral scrolls. The Arabic inscriptions on the neck and shoulder read: "With auspiciousness, blessing, prosperity and joy," and "With auspiciousness, blessing, joy, happiness, and peace."