Central Asian Art, A Rare Large Engraved Brass Aquamanile Ewer (Oftaba) With Curved Dragon- Like Handle, Probably Bukhara Or Kokand, Uzbekistan, Late 18th- Early 19th. Century.

Identification Number: 434


Of a typical central asian shape with relatively small spout and curved dragon like handle, as if the mythical creature is grasping the body of the ewer with Its mouth wide open, the overall ewer is beautifully decorated with Islamic arabesque medallions and the precise Rumi or palemette composition design.



The height is 40 cm.
The width across the body including the spout and handle is 16 cm.


Very good except on relatively small crack or hairline at one side of the domed shaped lid.
The Ewer's round base id made out of beaten copper.


The UK Art Market.


Exploring Centre Asia, Volume Two, The Carlsberg Foundation’s Nomad Research Project, Esther Fihl, Rhodos, For Similar Ewers Please see lots 343 & 337 illustrated on pages 534 & 535.

Uzbekistan Heirs Of The Silk Road, Edited By Johannes Kalter And Margareta Pavaloi, Thames Hudson, Printed in Germany. Please see a similar ewer lot No. 647 catalogued on page 318.

A Song In Metal, Folk Art Of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Gafur Gulyam Art and Publishers, 1986, B. Krenko, Please see a similar ewer lot No. 65 & 61 illustrated in page 93 & 90.