A Monumental Close pair of Canakkale Ceramic Ewers, Each Jug’s Top is Made in the Form of Stylised Bird Heads, The Ottoman Empire-Canakkale-Turkey, Circa Late 19th Century.

Identification Number: 567


This extremely rare monumental close pair of anthropomorphic white and green underglaze polychromed Canakkale pottery water jugs, the jug tops are beautifully made in the form of stylised bird heads.

Each Ewer is of a bulbous body form with a long neck, the top of each ewer is shaped as a stylised bird’s head with a very unusual spout that is formed as a large wide-open bird’s beak.

A hollow triangular shape opens at the back of each bird head, which allows the liquid to be filled into the ceramic ewer.

There are several of three-dimensional applied decorations attached to the ewer’s body.

Eyes-like rosettes in reliefs are fixed on both sides of the bird’s heads.

The white coloured ewer’s tops is mounted with two twisted braid-shaped reliefs springing up from the floral rosettes joined at the top forming the bird crown or cockscomb like motif.

The green coloured ewer’s top is decorated with a pair of spiral curves.

Each ewer is provided with a single curved handle attached to the back.

The front neck and body of each ewer is also decorated with very elegant additional applied rosettes.

At the central part of each ewer’s front an additional blossoming plant is emerging from a plant pot or an urn whereas an elegant exotic bird is standing on top.

Both ceramic ewers are made of red earthenware, the white coloured ewer is all over washed with white slip (including the base) with splashes of green, whereas the green ewer is only painted with green coloured glaze.

Both ewers contain additional over the glaze gold painted decoration depicting beautiful wreaths.


The height 52 & 51 cm.
The width 22 & 22 cm.
The depth 28 & 27 cm.


Generally both ewers are in very good condition, the ring which is located at the front of the green ewer’s nick is originally broken and is painted on top with green over glaze whereas the ring located on the white ewer’s nick is intact, minor old repair and later paint on missing chipped decorated motifs, minor and few chipped areas can be found where the ewers were originally fitted in the kiln, minor over the glaze gold paint loss.


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Canakkale (Chanak kal) Ceramics, 1760-1922, & the dispersal of the Asia Minor Potters post 22. By Katepina Koppe-Painter, The Meizonos Hellenismo Foundation, ISBN: 690-7957-08-3, 2000. The book is dedicated to the anonymous Asia Minor ceramists and to Minas Avramidis from Kiutachia, Dimitris Mygdalenos from Canak kale, Anastassi Hatzigiannis from Viga of the Dardanelles.
Please see similar lot Nos. B55 & B56 illustrated on pages 325 & 326.
For a similar example please see lots, 117, 118, 119, 120 & 121 on pages 88, 89 & 90, Canakkale Ceramics, The Suna And Ian Kirac Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute, Istanbul-1996.
For almost an identical green coloured ceramic water jug please see the Canakkale ceramic collection at the Canakkale Ceramic Museum.