AN ENGRAVED AND CAST BRASS KETTLE

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AN ENGRAVED AND CAST BRASS KETTLE
SAFAVID PERSIA, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

Heavily cast of rounded drop-form rising to a point on spreading trumpet foot, the handle of hexagonal section looping up over the top, the S-shaped spout of similar section terminating in a dragon's head, the underside of the foot pierced with a filter, the surface left unusually plain, the only decoration formed of two narrow engraved bands of linked lobed palmettes, engraved with the name 'Ali below the spout
13¼in. (34cm.) high

Lot Essay

While most kettles of this shape are filled through a small compartment in the handle, this example is even more ingenious. It is filled through the underside of the foot which presumably extends in the form of a tube within the vessel to near the top.
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