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)
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