Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1939
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This fragment decorated with a bird surrounded by ibexes and other scattered motifs has three small feet, indicating that it served as the base of a vessel. Its glaze eroded greatly while it was buried, leaving only the black outlines of the figures and a touch of the yellow body color.
1938, excavated at Qanat Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 81, ch. 1, pp. 27, 52, ill. p. 52 (b/w).