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Hollow Vessel in the Shape of a Bearded man

Object Name:
Figural vessel
Date:
second half 12th–first half 13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded, luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
10 5/8 x 4 3/16 in. (27 x 10.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, 1968
Accession Number:
68.223.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This figurine in the shape of a bearded man with a pointed headdress is made in luster technique. Both this and a similar figural vessel are hollow, suggesting that the pieces were probably used for storing and dispensing water. Hollow vessels such as this one have been attributed to Rayy, Iran.
[probably Hassan Khan Monif, New York]; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, New York (by 1967–68; gifted to MMA)
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