Two Bowls with Figures and a Footed Plate with Birds
Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1938
Common among the buff ware bowls that depict human figures are those holding drinking vessels. In this case, a man wearing a green tunic under a multi-colored, skirt-like garment holds a fluted goblet in his right hand. The imagery on these bowls is thought derive from metalwork of the Sasanian period (3rd to 7th century) in Iran. The distinctive yellow and green glazes of the buff ware group are particularly well-preserved on this example.
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