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16TH CENTURY NORTHERN INDIAN PARROT
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16TH CENTURY NORTHERN INDIAN PARROT

Its use over centuries has worn away much of the decoration

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16TH CENTURY NORTHERN INDIAN PARROT

Height 13.5 cm width 18 cm depth 6 cm ( 5.5 x 7.25 x 2.5 in ) The engraved scrolling decoration on this 500 year old oil container has been completely worn away in some areas leaving a smooth, tactile sculptural form. This charming brass parrot is grasping a worm-like plant tendril in its beak which cleverly disguises the oil outlet protruding from his round breast and on his back is a hanging loop for the suspension chain. It is interesting to note the variety of objects which are found issuing from the mouths of these vessels, from the more commonly found scrolling leafy tendril to stylised gushing water all of which appear to have evolved from the "handle" which was attached to the back of early Islamic birds such as the Mesopotamian incense burner in the Islamic Museum, Berlin, inv. I. 5623. Bibliography: Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India by Mark Zebrowski pub. London 1997 (see a similar bird no.94) 1870 / 3154

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