Mughal Bronze Ewer
The form of this north Indian ewer is typical and encountered not infrequently. The tear-shaped body stands solidly on four small feet, and the neck tapers and then widens to a lidded mouth. But several details mark this ewer out as a better quality example. The spout is strong and lightly faceted. The design work cast on the body is of better quality than usually encountered. And the ‘S’-shaped handle has been cast with elaborate and carefully rendered tiger and makara heads at either end. The lower finial especially more typically ends in a simple bud-like finial but here there is a dramatic long-snouted makara with a gaping mouth.
The domed lid has an architectural quality not unlike the Mughal domes of northern India. It is cast with additional geometric design and is surmounted by a bud-like finial.
The ewer is heavy in the hand, has a good patina and is free of any dents, repairs of holes. Overall, the condition as with the form, is excellent.
UK art market
Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.
The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Philip Wilson Publishers, 2001.
Inventory no.: 1210