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Twelve-sided Ewer with Sphinxes and Human-Headed Inscriptions

Twelve-sided Ewer with Sphinxes and Human-Headed Inscriptions

1300–1350
Location: 116 Islamic

Did You Know?

Calligraphy with human heads, known as animated script, developed in northeast Iran during the 1100s.

Description

The spout and neck of the ewer display a crouching and seated lion in raised relief. Winged hare-like animals march around the top of the body, set off by foliate scrolls, while sphinxes process around the center. The bottom of the ewer’s body is encircled by an inscription with human heads, which only appear on metalwork in Islamic art. Ewers like this, and similar elaborate vessels, would have been used in court banquets and elite homes across the Islamic world.
  • ?-1945
    (Hagop Kevorkian [1872–1962], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1945-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Baer, Eva. Sphinxes and Harpies in Medieval Islamic Art; An Iconographical Study. Jerusalem: Israel Oriental Society, 1965. Mentioned: p. 14, fn. 53; Reproduced: Pl. XIV, fig. 24
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