Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer
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Antique Mughal Indian Copper Atfaba Ewer

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Beautiful antique Mughal Indian copper aftaba (ewer) from the 19th century.

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Ewers of this type have their origins in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow – Koranic injunctions deemed flowing water to be ‘clean’. Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Thereafter their designs were Indianised – the ewers became more curvaceous and many were decorated with lush plant and floral motifs.

In India, local Muslims used such vessels for handwashing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form. Sometimes they were filled not just with water but delicately-scented rosewater.