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Iron ewer decorated with inlaid silver and gold-coloured metal. Globular body with elongated neck decorated with projecting moulding. Low integral circular stand. Domed hinged lid attached to top of S shaped handle terminating in spirals at each end. All over decoration in horizontal bands with individual flowers withing cuspid arch in the main band amid design of vegetal motifs. Scrolling on the spout which is screwed on by the collar and terminates with a makara head. This may be a repair. Narrow band of inscription at lower part of neck in Arabic script.

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1 item (description level: part)
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  coffee pot
object name:  ewer

India, South Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  India 
made or collected: possibly Silakot, Punjab 

Materials & techniques
metal; silver; iron
Additional material & technique information
material: iron (overall)
material: silver (overall)
material: metal (overall)
overall: 302 mm x 226 mm x 133 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 302 mm x 226 mm x 133 mm

vendor:  Lawrence  sale 1900-10

'This object was probably made in the Punjab, perhaps at Silakot. The inscription looks like a verse, but not a religious one since the language is not Arabic. It is an example of Kuftkari ware, i.e. from Kuftan. Like Tolado wear the steel body is cross hatched and fine wire hammered in to it in order to create decorative patterns. This sort of decoration is often seen in weapons. However, after annexing the Punjab in the 1840s the British outlawed weapon making and centres like Silakot and Lahore transferred their decorative craft to more innocent objects.'

Related objects
part of ewer; coffee pot (0.152)
Related subjects
theme: Food and Feasting
object name (Horniman Ethno.): coffee pots
material: iron
object name: jugs (food service)
material: metal
material: silver

Record created 2004-08-24 by RHOLLEY
Record last updated 2014-03-27 by NRUSSELL