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  A 7 1/2 inch high heavy bronze pitcher, an animal (has a long beak and a tongue) with a decorated crown on its' head, geometric type patterns all over, the middle has 3 engraved scenes of wild animals that look like gazelles and lions and possibly an anteater. The handle depicts a snake, the base has engraved initials H.K. and No 17 or No 15. Water can be poured into the top and the poured out thru the animal's mouth. I haven't found anyone who can advise where this was made. This form is also known as an aquamanile, a ritual vessel used when washing the hands in a religious or spiritual ceremony; there are many bird-headed vessels shown on the Internet but none closely resemble this one. Most are antiquities from Afghanistan and Iran. This appears to be relatively modern, esp. with the engraved initials and numbers on the base. I will send a nice thank you gift to the first person who can positively identify the country of origin and/or the maker.

  This is likely not an antiquity but it seemed to fit the interests of this group; I had posted photos on this site quite a while ago; I also have a youtube video showing this ewer but to date have had no responses regarding its' origin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MsCn9hn7MM&feature=g-upl

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