This form of ewer with a strongly fluted lower body was probably imported from Europe. An example in the Khalili Collection is very European indeed in appearance (J. M. Rogers, Empire of the Sultans, Ottoman Art from the Collection of Nasser D. Khalili, Geneva, 1995, no.121, p.180). A closely related but less immediately European version is in the Topkapi Palace (The Anatolian Civilisations, exhibition catalogue, Istanbul, 1982, II, no.E,287, p.275. That jug also bears a dedicatory inscription in the name of Shahzada Mehmed, the son of Sultan Abdulhamid I dated AH 1195/1780-81 AD. The present ewer, while retaining the European fluting on the underside, has used a far more traditional Ottoman overall shape with typical engraved floral swags.