Boat-Shaped Bowl with Human Head and Animals

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This small whiteglazed bowl is in the shape of a bird with a human face. Its body is decorated with delicate reliefs: a frieze of animals running along the rim, and a medallion on each side containing a human figure. The face with its almond-shaped eyes is clearly of the Seljuk type. Its application to what appears to be the body of a bird recalls the mythological figure of the harpy, which can frequently be found in Islamic art and probably goes back to Central Asian sources.

Boat-Shaped Bowl with Human Head and Animals, Stonepaste; molded, opaque white glaze

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