Detail View: The AMICA Library: Fountain

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1997.150
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian; Central Indian; Deccani
Creator Name-CRT: 
Deccani
Title: 
Fountain
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Detail
Creation Date: 
early 17th century
Creation Start Date: 
1600
Creation End Date: 
1633
Materials and Techniques: 
Cast bronze
Classification Term: 
Metalwork
Dimensions: 
H. 38 1/2 in. (97.7 cm), W. 25 1/2 in. (67.7 cm), Diam. 36 11/16 (93.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
1997.150
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997
Rights: 
Context: 

This fountain from an early-seventeenth-century Deccani palace garden is a rare survivor of early Indian Islamic garden architecture and also of the monumental metalworking tradition known chiefly from representations in paintings and cannons. The fountain closely parallels Deccani architecture, whose turban-topped minarets, corner pillars, ornamental finials, and staggered pavilions display similar voluptuous and organic forms.

Although the fountain was produced in an Islamic courtly setting, specific components, such as the hourglass form derived from ancient Hindu lotus bell-shaped capitals and the lion mask ('kirtimukha') on the spout, can be traced to Hindu sources. These combined motifs are representative of the rich mix of traditions in the Deccan.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.is1997.150.AV1.tif