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Turkish pitcher, 26 inches tall 9.4 pounds, cloisonne? NOT TURKISH I BELIEVE IT IS INDIA AFTABA SEE 4TH PHOTO!

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Posted 4 years ago

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toracat
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Bought this online auction for $26. I posted it the other day but deleted it, now I cleaned it and put back. It really lights up at night under black light, also some gold inlay! And well it is big!!! I do not know how old it is? Any help appreciated. Thanks for looking!! Aftaba from India I think Mystery solved!!
Historical record says that one of the most imposing of Mughal ewers, of unusually thick cast brass, has an elongated neck supporting a stately domed lid. It represents the extension into India of a type of aftaba more commonly associated with the Middle East. The commonest sort of Mughal aftaba - whether of brass, bidri or even glass - consists of a round or slightly pear-shaped belly, a curved handle and spout, a tall neck with a bulge or disk in the centre, and a crescent shaped top.

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  1. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    thank you!
  2. too_much_stuff, 4 years ago
    Hello,
    while technically it is a pitcher, the correct term for this item is Ewer. And it may have come from Turkey, that I can't confirm, an antique dealer whould call this a Persian Ewer...placing its manufacture in the middle east.
    It's a nice item and I wish you good luck.
  3. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thank you, yes this auction place called a Chinese vase and it was Japanese, I also bought an alabaster koi statue and it was really a gold fish! Thank you again, I am learning, this was very dirty and they said hand painted on this. I will google Ewer and read history of Ewer!
  4. subversivegrrl subversivegrrl, 4 years ago
    The enamel technique used here isn't cloisonné, but champlevé - in cloisonné, the areas to be enameled are set out with wires or strips of metal that are fused to the surface, whereas in champlevé the design is etched/carved into the metal surface and then filled with enamel. ("Cloisonné" has become a kind of catch-all/generic term for any sort of enamel work with exposed metal, altho' not correctly.)

    Good luck finding more info about it!
  5. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thank you very much! I am learning a lot since joining! subversivegrrl you are wonderful!!!
  6. toracat toracat, 4 years ago

    Historical record says that one of the most imposing of Mughal ewers, of unusually thick cast brass, has an elongated neck supporting a stately domed lid. It represents the extension into India of a type of aftaba more commonly associated with the Middle East. The commonest sort of Mughal aftaba - whether of brass, bidri or even glass - consists of a round or slightly pear-shaped belly, a curved handle and spout, a tall neck with a bulge or disk in the centre, and a crescent shaped top.
    SEE 4th photo!
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    wow! i love it!
  8. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    thank you! I love it also!!
  9. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 3 years ago
    Wow... This is stunning. I love it!
  10. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    Thank you!
  11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 1 year ago
    very cool, toracat!
  12. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Thank you!!

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