Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, molded and applied decoration
H. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm)
L. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The harpy, or fantastic human-headed bird, was a common motif in many parts of the Muslim world. In Iran it was adapted in the twelfth century as a motif on wares in a variety of media. This example is unusual for its large size.
Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (until d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
Grube, Ernst J. "Islamic Sculpture: Ceramic Figures." Oriental Art vol. 12 (1966). p. 165, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).
Ettinghausen, Richard. "The Flowering of Seljuq Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal vol. 3 (1970). p. 127, ill. fig. 20 (b/w).
Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. p. 117.