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Harpy-Shaped Bowl

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 11th–12th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded and monochrome glazed
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) W. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) L. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Harry Dick Brisbane Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.159.3
  • Description

    This small whiteglazed bowl is in the shape of a bird with a human face. Its body is decorated with delicate reliefs: a frieze of animals running along the rim, and a medallion on each side containing a human figure. The face with its almond-shaped eyes is clearly of the Seljuk type. Its application to what appears to be the body of a bird recalls the mythological figure of the harpy, which can frequently be found in Islamic art and probably goes back to Central Asian sources.

  • Provenance

    [ Nasli M. Heeramaneck, New York, until 1963; sold to MMA]

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