A spherical body with a raised collar line around
the shoulders and the flaring neck, a funnel-
shaped ribbed spout of zoomorphic connotations
with applique' eyes on the sides, opposite a bent
handle. On either sides of the neck a ringed loop
The surface is covered with a lead-based
aubergine glaze, slighly washed on one side of
This ewer must have drawn inspiration from
contemporary metalware in Seljuq Iran.
Ewer with zoomorphic spouts were rather
popular, not only in Afghanistan but all over
Central Asia, all featuring a globular body and a
funnel shaped slighly bent or upright spout on
one side and the opening on the other.
They almost invariably were made of buff or red
earthenware and coated with a lead-based glaze.
Similar vessels have been found not only in
Bamiyan , but also in Khurasan and other centres
of Central Asia, though their production is
attested between the 12th and the early 13th
century, i.e. prior to the Mongol invasion (AD
For a discussion on zoomorphic lead-glazed
G. Fehervari, Ceramics of the Islamic World,