Model of a House with Festive Scene

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Ceramic house models may have been wedding gifts. This turquoise model’s open courtyard with pierced balustrade and corner roof projections suggests a vernacular building. A festive occasion is depicted, with seated personages holding cups and a couple dancing with raised arms. The role of the turbaned, bearded man on a high stepped stool—a figure who bears the conventional traits of older, wise, educated, or religious men—remains enigmatic.

Model of a House with Festive Scene, Stonepaste; molded, modeled, glazed in transparent turquoise

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