Bowl with the Image of Four Camels, Earthenware; luster-painted on an opaque white glaze

Bowl with the Image of Four Camels

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iraq
Medium:
Earthenware; luster-painted on an opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Wt. 15.2 oz. (431 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1964
Accession Number:
64.259
Not on view
Luster-painted bowls made in Abbasid Iraq often featured representations of birds, mythical beasts, human beings, and vegetal patterns. This example’s playful depiction of camels is a rare departure from the typical iconographic repertory. The medallion layout and the repeating design of the camels with palanquins on their backs lend a sense of dynamism to the piece, almost as if the artist wanted to show the beasts proceeding in a caravan.
Inscription: In Arabic, on the underside: [Inscription unread]
[ Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, until 1964; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 92, ill. fig. 3 (color).