Bowl depicting a Man holding a Cup and a Flowering Branch

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 10th century

Geography: Attributed to Iraq

Medium: Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Dimensions: H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Diam. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd and Purchase, Richard S. Perkins Gift, 1977

Accession Number: 1977.126


Luster ceramics from Samarra often include stylized human figures. In this example, the lively caricatural quality of the seated man holding a cup and a flowering branch is enhanced by the two birds that hold fish in their beaks but look like they are kissing. The foot bears an Arabic inscription that reads baraka (blessing) in kufic script.