This is a beautiful antique
vessel, used on ceremonial and ritually important occasions. It
is brass and is from the Newar community in Nepal. Typically
ewers like this are used during festivals to serve distilled
spirits. It exhibits outstanding craftsmanship, with fine curves
and the rich ornate touches for which the Newari craftsmen of
the Kathmandu valley have enjoyed such renown over the past
several centuries. The spout has a fluid, curvilinear shape -
with a bird perched on the tip.
There is a peacock cast into the top cap, which is removable and this
further adds to the sense of regal charm the piece exudes. The
peacock is an auspicious animal with divine qualities. Its
beautiful plumage sets it apart, but there are also myths in the
Hindu tradition that the peacock can eat poison with out
suffering any ill effects. In fact, traditional folk knowledge
suggests that the bird thrives on the poison transmuting it into
the beautiful designs and hues that characterize its plumage.
The bird is an alchemist in that sense - transforming the
harmful into something positive, and hence it is often taken as
a symbol of all things positive and auspicious.
||Early 20th C.
Please note the item number and kindly e-mail your
Visa, American Express, Master Card and Discover are accepted.**