Bowl depicting a Man holding a Cup and a Flowering Branch, Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Bowl depicting a Man holding a Cup and a Flowering Branch

Object Name:
10th century
Attributed to Iraq
Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Diam. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd and Purchase, Richard S. Perkins Gift, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Luster ceramics from Samarra often include stylized human figures. In this example, the lively caricatural quality of the seated man holding a cup and a flowering branch is enhanced by the two birds that hold fish in their beaks but look like they are kissing. The foot bears an Arabic inscription that reads baraka (blessing) in kufic script.
Inscription: On the foot, Arabic in Kufic script, "Blessing"
Edwin Binney 3rd, East Orleans, Mass.(by 1966–77; gift and sale to MMA)
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