Islamic Bronze Jug - FZ.385, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD, Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high, Catalogue: V30, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Islamic, Medium: Bronze. Forged during the early flowering of Islam, this astonishing vessel, encrusted with a rich green patina, would have likely dispensed hot beverages such as tea. The squat body has been engraved with three decorative motifs resembling the Star of David contained within a circle. However, the intertwining lines of the symbol are purely ornamental and void of any religious significance. An intricate incised band emphasizes the join of the tapering neck and the flattened shoulders of the body. An arched handle rises from the body, connecting to the flared, open mouth where a lid was once attached. A small bronze bead crowns the top of the handle while a leaf-shaped decoration adorns the join of the body. This pot would not be out of place in any home today in function; however, its graceful form would surely stand out.
Ancient Near East