Brass ewer with dragon heads

On display

This elegant ewer is a refined product of the Indo-Islamic style, with the spiral fluting of its body and its tall, tapering neck. The handle terminates above in a stylized animal head, also mirrored in the end of the spout. Also known as the Butler ewer, it was previously in the collection of Dr A.J. Butler, Bursar of Brasenose College, before being given to the Museum by his daughter.

Details

  • Title

    Brass ewer with dragon heads

  • Associated place

    Deccan (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Lahore (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    1st half of the 16th century
  • Material and technique

    brass

  • Material index

  • Technique index

    cast
  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    51 x 20 x 16 cm max. (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Miss Eleanor Butler, in memory of her father Dr A. J. Butler, 1976.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 33 | Mughal India
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1976.43

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Further reading

Zebrowski, Mark, ‘The Butler Brass Ewer’, James Allan, ed., Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Museum, Part Two, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art, 10 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), x.2, passim, illus. p. 160 fig. 1

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