Ceramic, earthenware; molded with applied decoration and glazed
H: 3 in (7.62 cm); diam: 5 1/5 in. (13.02 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Madina Collection of Islamic Art, gift of Camilla Chandler Frost (M.2002.1.134)
Not on view
Vegetal motifs drawing upon Byzantine and Sasanian forms developed in the arts of the Umayyad and early Abbasid period in the territories, once the southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire. Based on these traditions, the abstract forms and styles of ornament that subsequently developed at the Abbasid capital at Samarra would have a profound impact on the art and architecture of the Islamic world. Palmettes and inverted flowers decorate the straight sides of the bowl. The shape is based on metal incense burners used in the eastern Mediterranean from the late Roman and Byzantine periods into the Islamic era.