Ewer with a Cock-Shaped Spout

Object Name: Ewer

Date: 8th–early 9th century

Geography: Attributed to Syria

Medium: Bronze; cast and pierced

Dimensions: H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
D. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)

Classification: Metal

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.