This wonderful 1800s pitcher is carved from wood-probably teak- and bound around the top with sinew which is also looped into a small handle. It seems primitive at first, but the wood sides are thin and well finished which indicates a masterful carver. The animal sinew around the top helps to stabilize it which was a good idea because the sides have developed long splits or cracks. A long time ago someone improvised a metal staple/splice for the crack near the handle. Attempts were also made to glue or fill the cracks. All the imperfections and fixes add to the beauty and soul of the piece.
The bottom is smaller than the top , but the vessel remains balanced. It looks good as a piece of art or could house dry flowers. I am not sure of its origins but it may be French. The frayed area is from jute which was used to bind the ends of the sinew. The pitcher stands 10 1/4" high, is 5" across the spout, and 3" diameter at the foot. It weighs 1 lb .7 oz.
Antique Wood Vessel w/ Spout Sinew Binding