Brass pitcher, perhaps Indian

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  1. jefferies

    jefferies Member

    jug left side.jpg jug right side.jpg I found an obviously vintage, small brass pitcher in a charity shop.

    After looking around the web a bit, I think it is probably Indian - though I cannot find a pitcher that actually resembles this one.

    Note the swastika, widely used in the Indian area - the four ends pointing left, unlike the form of the Nazi swastika where the ends point right.

    There are other decorations which show up on the two photos.

    Can anybody help me with its age, origin, and function.

    jug left side.jpg jug right side.jpg

    jug left side.jpg
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  2. jefferies

    jefferies Member

    Sorry about the duplicate images.
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I see Asian...
    Chinese bronze ............. perhaps...
  4. laura9797

    laura9797 Well-Known Member

    Chinese/Vietnamese and missing the wine ewer top. That mark is not an Indian whirling log.
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  5. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    What's the actual size,is this hollow or solid (like a charm/talisman),would this have held oils/unguents ?
    Show base/top.
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    There is a Shou symbol on one side, a Chinese symbol for good luck. So I assume it is Chinese. As others said it is missing its lid.
    The swastika is widely used in all Hindu and Buddhist regions, as well as in Shamanism, and it can turn either way.
    Before WWII it was also used in the Western world, and it is even found on European pre-historic carvings and rock paintings. As far as I know the Sami in Northern Europe still use it.
    The Nazi 'Hakenkreuz' rested on the tip of one arm, something you occasionally see in Asia as well. Most of the time the Asian swastika sits on the horizontal half of one arm.

    Swastika is a Sanskrit word, so of Indian origin. The Nazi Swastika was called Hakenkreuz, so imo we can still use the Sanskrit word.

    In Native American art the term 'Whirling Log' is often used. I believe the origin of the term is Dinéh (Navajo). If not, please correct me.
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  7. jefferies

    jefferies Member

    I have poked around a bit and found the lid. I now have something identical to the image posted above by Komokwa.

    Does anybody know whether there is a regular name for such things?
  8. jefferies

    jefferies Member

    Now that I have found the lid, it is approx 25 cm high. It is hollow and presumably for pouring liquids.
  9. jefferies

    jefferies Member

    I am assuming it is a reproduction. Is that right?
  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  11. laura9797

    laura9797 Well-Known Member

    Bronze ritual wine ewer?
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I agree, a wine ewer, albeit a small one. It is unlikely to be ritual though. Just a regular wine ewer with auspicious symbols for the good health of the moderate drinker.;)
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