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Bowl with Flying Bird Design

Object Name:
second half 13th–14th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; blue, black, and turquoise painted under transparent glaze(Sultanabad ware)
Diam. 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm)
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friends of the Department of Islamic Art Fund, 1972
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
A group of ceramics produced in fourteenth-century Iran has traditionally been associated with the city of Sultanabad, where many examples were found. These so-called Sultanabad wares, however, comprise many differing types - and, thus far no kilns have been found at the site. Nearly hemispherical in form, this thin-walled stonepaste Sultanabad bowl stands on a low foot and is decorated with a cobalt blue bird in flight. A multi-tiered border frames the bird, and the bowl’s exterior is decorated with abstracted lotus petals in a design borrowed from Chinese ceramics.
[ Yahooda S. Shenass, New York, until 1972; sold to MMA]
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 33.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 33, pp. 96-97, ill. p. 97 (b/w).

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