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Bowl with Flying Bird Design

Object Name:
second half 13th–14th century
Stonepaste; blue, black, and turquoise painted under transparent glaze(Sultanabad ware)
Diam. 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm) H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friends of the Department of Islamic Art Fund, 1972
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
A group of ceramics produced in fourteenth-century Iran has traditionally been associated with the city of Sultanabad, where many examples were found. These so-called Sultanabad wares, however, comprise many differing types - and, thus far no kilns have been found at the site. Nearly hemispherical in form, this thin-walled stonepaste Sultanabad bowl stands on a low foot and is decorated with a cobalt blue bird in flight. A multi-tiered border frames the bird, and the bowl’s exterior is decorated with abstracted lotus petals in a design borrowed from Chinese ceramics.
[ Yahooda S. Shenass, New York, until 1972; sold to MMA]
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 33, pp. 96-97, ill. p. 97 (b/w).

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