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Figure of Harpy

Object Name:
Figural vessel
12th–early 13th century
Made in Iran
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, molded and applied decoration
H. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm)
L. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The harpy, or fantastic human-headed bird, was a common motif in many parts of the Muslim world. In Iran it was adapted in the twelfth century as a motif on wares in a variety of media. This example is unusual for its large size.
Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (until d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
Grube, Ernst J. "Islamic Sculpture: Ceramic Figures." Oriental Art vol. 12 (1966). p. 165, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "The Flowering of Seljuq Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal vol. 3 (1970). p. 127, ill. fig. 20 (b/w).

Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. p. 117.

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