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Bowl with Stylized Bird

Object Name:
11th century
Made in Iran
Earthenware; incised decoration through a white slip and color glazes under a transparent glaze (Amul ware)
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Diam. 13 1/16 in. (33.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joan L. Simon, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, Virginia L. Kahn, Dr. Marjorie G. Lewisohn, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Amul ware is named after a town in northern Iran where early collectors obtained several examples of this type of ceramic, but the actual production site is unknown. These wares are coated with a thick creamy slip that is incised to reveal the reddish body beneath, highlighted with green pigments, and then covered in a transparent glaze.
Sam A. Lewisohn, New York (by 1938–d. 1951); his estate, New York (1951–54; gifted to MMA)
The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, Gal. VII, no 17C.

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. vol. I, pp. 1537-1541, ill. vol. V, pl. 623.

Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. Gallery VII; case 17C, p. 159.

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