Chased Silver Zoomorphic Water Pitcher
length: 23cm, weight: 865g
This extremely well-made silver pouring vessel has an unusual and particularly curvaceous zoomorphic form which no doubt is based on earlier Persian and Middle Eastern prototypes. It has a plump, rounded body, four clawed feet, and a thick neck which gives rise to a broad, shallow-lipped opening with a hinged lid surmounted by a pair of solid-cast tigers. The handle is in the form of a snake or serpent from whose mouth are emitted two smaller snakes which separate and go either side of the neck.
The body and neck are chased deeply all over with the coriander flower and leaf pattern that frequently is encountered in Kashmiri silverwork.
Overall, this is a surprising and eye-catching piece. The condition is perfect.
Inventory no.: 1013