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Bowl Depicting a Running Hare

Object Name:
first quarter 11th century
Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
As luster painting spread to Egypt from Iraq, Fatimid potters tailored their wares to suit the new market. The lively, naturalistic rendition of a running hare with a palmette branch in its mouth drawn in golden luster paint is typical of the vigorous and enchanting quality of Fatimid pottery.
[ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York, until 1964; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Muslim: An Early Fatimid Ceramist." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 26 (May 1968). p. 365, ill. fig. 14 (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 7, ill. fig. 9 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 91, pp. 145-146, ill. p. 145 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 93, ill. fig. 7 (color).

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