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Fragment of a Bowl with a Horse and Rider

Made in Port Saint Symeon (now al-Mina/Samandag,Turkey)
Terracotta with green glaze over slip, decorated in sgraffito
Overall: 6 3/4 x 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (17.2 x 1.3 x 27 x 8.5 cm) Proposed Diameter for complete bowl: 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
When intact, this example of Port Saint Symeon ware may have shown the rider hunting with a falcon. It is typical of the wares produced in the 1200s at the Crusader port of the Byzantine city of Antioch, which fell to the Mamluks of Egypt in 1268. Similar examples have been found in Crusader castles in the Holy Land as well as Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Kelekian, New York (until 1978); [ Kelekian Associates, Ancient Art, New York (sold 1984)]
New York. Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. "Lions, Dragons, and Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages. Vessels for Church and Table," July 12, 2006–October 15, 2006.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984, through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 115 (1985). p. 43.

Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 268, p. 401.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 107, p. 92.

Blackman, M. James, and Scott Redford. "Neutron Activation Analysis of Medieval Ceramics from Kinet, Turkey, especially Port Saint Symeon Ware." Ancient Near Eastern Studies 44 (2005). no. II-HH, pp. 102, 136, 140, fig. 23.

Barnet, Peter, and Pete Dandridge, ed. Lions, Dragons, & Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages, Vessels for Church and Table. New York: Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2006. no. 35, p. 180.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Melanie Holcomb, ed. Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. pp. 41–42, fig. 19.

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