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Brass ewer with dragon heads

  • Description

    This elegant ewer is a refined product of the Indo-Islamic style, with the spiral fluting of its body and its tall, tapering neck. The handle terminates above in a stylized animal head, also mirrored in the end of the spout. Also known as the Butler ewer, it was previously in the collection of Dr A.J. Butler, Bursar of Brasenose College, before being given to the Museum by his daughter.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia Deccan (possible place of creation)
    AsiaPakistanPunjab provincePunjab plains Lahore (possible place of creation)
    1st half of the 16th century
    Material and technique
    51 x 20 x 16 cm max. (height x width x depth)
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    Credit line
    Presented by Miss Eleanor Butler, in memory of her father Dr A. J. Butler, 1976.
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  • Further reading

    Zebrowski, Mark, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India (London: Alexandria Press in association with Laurence King, 1997), p. 142, fig. 189 & pl. 521

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 24 May 2006-23 December 2008, Treasures: Antiquities, Eastern Art, Coins, and Casts: Exhibition Guide, Rune Frederiksen, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2006), no. 220 on p. 78, illus. p. 78

    Zebrowski, Mark, ‘The Butler Brass Ewer’, James Allan, ed., Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Museum, Part Two, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art, 10 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), x.2, passim, illus. p. 160 fig. 1


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