Animal-Spouted Pitcher, Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)

Animal-Spouted Pitcher

Object Name:
9th–10th century
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 452
Although this is the only known buff ware pitcher with an animal-headed spout, the type occurs among differently glazed ceramic and metal pitchers of the same period. The decoration on the body of the pitcher includes a field of birds, perhaps peacocks, and other scattered motifs, as well as the yellow and green glazes typical of buff ware.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

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