Aguamanil con cabeza de gallo

Nº Inventario: CFC10
Descripción: Pasta de frita, moldeada y pintada en negro y azul cobalto bajo vidriado turquesa
Dimensiones: Height: 25.4 cm; width: 14.3 cm; diameter (oval) of mouth: 4.6 cm; diameter of foot ring: 8.2 cm.
Decoración: The molded cock head is indented at the top and striped in black as if to represent a cock’s comb. The beak, which is partly pierced on the left side and indented on the right, and one “cheek” are outlined in black. The protuberance under the beak may represent the cock’s wattle. The lip of the mouth is edged in cobalt, and the neck encircled with a thick black line. Thick vertical lines in black divide the body into five panels. Each panel is decorated in the center with an ovoid medallion enclosing curved and V-shaped lines, and branching into leafy designs at the top and bottom. Above each medallion there is a single black dot and straight line, while below (so just above the foot ring) there is a smaller ovoid medallion with curved designs. No two panels are identical, and the black painted designs are all very sketchy. A black line runs down the
middle of the handle, which is adorned with a small and flat knop or thumb-grip.
Observaciones: The cock (or cockerel)-headed ewer has a very long history in Near Eastern art dating back to the first millennium BCE and with a complex symbolism involving religious and apotropaic beliefs about the sacred power of light. Silver versions created in Iran during the Sasanian period (224-651) were copied in China in porcelain. In the 10th century Chinese porcelain examples reached the Islamic world, and during the 12th and 13th centuries were recreated in stonepaste with different glaze and decorative types. Especially elaborate versions were produced with double, reticulated shells, curved handles resembling a cock or rooster tail, and more detailed decoration. The medieval revival and elaboration of this vessel form coincided with a further development of its iconographic significance under the influence of mystical Sufi ideas23. Some of the known vessels of this type have beaks that are fully slit (i.e., open), allowing their liquid contents to ooze or pour out.
Since the beak of the RABASF ewer is only partly pierced, it could not have functioned as a spout, and the ewer’s contents could only have been emptied from the mouth at the top.
Estado: Some areas of crazing, iridescence and re-touching
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