Urn with Cover, Figure on Spigot, Stand and Fuel Lamp
Although the two protective falcons, attributes of the god Horus, on the burner are archaeologically correct, the winged-goddess spigot wears the nemes, a headdress that was associated only with male deities and pharaohs. The winged putto on the body of the urn is a classical figure from Greek and Roman mythology. This free mixing of elements from different cultures and times is typical of the eclectic taste of the nineteenth century.
- Maker: J. E. Caldwell & Co.
- Medium: Sterling silver, ivory
- Dates: ca. 1875
- Dimensions: Overall height of unit: 20 13/16 in. (52.9 cm) (a) Urn: height 12 1/2 x diameter of base 5 1/2 in. (31.8 x 14 cm) (a-b) Urn with cover: height 15 3/4 x diam. of top 4 5/8 in. (40 x 11.7 cm) (b) Cover: height 3 13/16 x diam. 4 3/4 in. (9.7 x 12.1 cm) (c) Spigot Finial: height 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) (d) Stand: height 5 3/8 x diam. of top 5 1/2 in. ( (show scale)
- Markings: (1) On bottom of urn stamped in oval: "J.E.CALDWELL & Co. / ENGLISH STERLING" with "PHILADELPHIA / 197" (2) Small hieroglyph under masks on handles: standing bird inside an oval
- Signature: nno signature
- Inscriptions: Engraved on side of urn within lozenge framed by palmettes: "M.A.C."
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view on the 19th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 75.164.1a-e
- Credit Line: H. Randolph Lever Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: J. E. Caldwell & Co.. Urn with Cover, Figure on Spigot, Stand and Fuel Lamp, ca. 1875. Sterling silver, ivory, Overall height of unit: 20 13/16 in. (52.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 75.164.1a-e. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (67%)