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Jar Depicting Three Spirited Peacocks

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
second half 10th century
Geography:
Iraq, probably Basra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.207
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Birds were a particularly popular subject in the Abbasid period, as artists in many media attempted to render the creatures’ beaks and wings in increasingly abstracted designs. This jar is decorated with three stylized peacocks, one large and two small, painted in luster. Each bird is depicted in profile and marches clockwise around the exterior of the jar.
[ Khalil Rabenou, New York, until 1950; sold to MMA]
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