Figure of a Predatory Bird

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Ceramic figurines are among the most common extant form of Islamic sculpture produced in Muslim ateliers from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. A major center of production during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries - the high point of this particular art form - was Seljuq Iran. Among these works, this large figure of a predatory bird is unusual and its original function has yet to be determined.

Figure of a Predatory Bird, Stonepaste; monochrome glazed

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