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Bowl

Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; polychrome luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Diam. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm) Wt. 9 oz. (255.2 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
41.165.1
Not on view
Abbasid artists experimented in figural and geometric ornament in a number of media, including woodwork, glass, stucco, and ceramics. This bowl shows the artist’s interest in the complexities of abstraction and rhythmic patterning. The motifs here include wings, a tree-like central divide, and floral elements, all set against a white background that makes it possible for the eye to read the patterns more easily
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–41; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 143, p. 33.

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 15, ill. pl. 10A (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 166, ill. fig. 103 (b/w).

James, David, and Richard Ettinghausen. Arab Painting. 3, vol. 29. New Delhi: Marg Publications, 1977. p. 7, ill. p. 7 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard, and Oleg Grabar. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1987. p. 194, ill. fig. 93 (b/w).



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