Jar Depicting Three Spirited Peacocks

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

Birds were a particularly popular subject in the Abbasid period, as artists in many media attempted to render the creatures’ beaks and wings in increasingly abstracted designs. This jar is decorated with three stylized peacocks, one large and two small, painted in luster. Each bird is depicted in profile and marches clockwise around the exterior of the jar.

Jar Depicting Three Spirited Peacocks, Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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