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Two Bowls with Figures and a Footed Plate with Birds

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.290
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Common among the buff ware bowls that depict human figures are those holding drinking vessels. In this case, a man wearing a green tunic under a multi-colored, skirt-like garment holds a fluted goblet in his right hand. The imagery on these bowls is thought to derive from metalwork of the Sasanian period (3rd to 7th century) in Iran. The distinctive yellow and green glazes of the buff ware group are particularly well-preserved on this example.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006, no catalogue.

Hobson, Robert Lockhart. A Guide to the Islamic Pottery of the Near East. London, England: British Museum, 1932. ill. pl. X, fig. 29, (related).

Wilkinson, Charles K., Joseph M. Upton, and Walter Hauser. "The Iranian Expedition 1937." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33 (1937). pp. 15-16, ill. frontispiece.

Stein, Aurel. Innermost Asia. vol. III. Oxford, England, 1938. ill. vol. 3, pl. CII.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 162, ill. fig. 97 (b/w).

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 19, ill. pl. 20A (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 59, pp. xiii, 17-19, 44, ill. pl. 2 (color), p. 44 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, Suzanne G. Valenstein, and Julia Meech-Pekarik. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. vol. 12. Tokyo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977. ill. pl. 234 (b/w), interior and profile.

Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. Encyclopaedia Iranica vol. 5 (1992). p. 767, ill. pl. LXXXXVII.



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