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Bowl with Griffin

Object Name:
11th century
Attributed to Egypt
Earthenware; luster-painted on an opaque white glaze
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm) Diam. of rim: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis E. Seley Gift, 1970
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The design of the griffin in reserve at the center recalls Byzantine, as well as Sasanian, motifs. The technique of luster painting developed in ninth-century Iraq and reached a high point under Fatimid potters working at Fustat (in Old Cairo.
[ Michel E. Abemayor, New York, until 1970; sold to MMA]
Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Tresors Fatimides du Caire," April 28, 1998–August 30, 1998, no. 43.

"Exposition Présentée à l'Institut du Monde Arabe du 28 Avril au 30 Aout 1998." In Trésors Fatimides du Caire. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1998. no. 43, p. 116, ill. (color).

Seipel, Wilfried. "Islamische Kunst zur Fatimidenzeit." In Schatze der Kalifen. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1999. no. 60, pp. 108, 110, ill. p. 110 (color).

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