This Wonderful Copper Ewer (Aftaba) Comes From The Historically Rich Period of Mughal India. The Islamic Form of The Ewer is a Result of The Muslim Conquest of The Indian Subcontinent During The Expansion of The Mughal Empire. It is Beautifully Hand Decorated Around The Body With a Repeating Boteh Leaf And Stylised Vegetation Pattern. Above And Below Are Repeating Cartouches of Islamic Script Separated By Diamond Shaped Lozenge Borders. The Faceted Neck Tapers Upwards to a Knop Which Supports The Faceted Neck Terminal. The Handle is of Elongated S-Form And The Periscope Form Spout Terminates With a Flower Head. It Was Probably Made in The Deccan And Would Once Have Been Tinned on The Exterior Which Was a Process Popularised by The Muslim Invaders. It is a Beautiful Elegant Shape And Has Clearly Been Well Made. The Condition is Very Good. Whilst it Does Show Wear From Age And Use And The Tinning is All But Gone, The Decorative Motifs Are Still Aesthetically Pleasing. The Lid is Missing Although This is Typical With Ewers of This Age And The Rich Coppery Bronze Patina Does Create an Attractive Feature.
The Height of This Ewer is 40 cm.
I Would Date This Ewer to Circa 1650-1750
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Antique Ewer From Mughal India 17th -18th Century