A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle.
Jewish symbol - Traditional symbolism for Levites would have been the pitcher or ewer, representative of washing the hands of the High Priests..
Think of a pitcher and bowl set. A pitcher is formed in such a way that the pouring lip is integrally formed with the body. The word probably derives from the verb pitch, as the contents of the vessel are pitched from the lip. Often interchanged with ewer, though ewer tends to be restricted to more classical, Continental shapes. The bowl in a set should more properly be called a basin (early spelling, bason). Hand basins were made and sold independently.