Ceramic with monochrome luster decoration over an opaque glaze
Diam: 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm)
Benaki Museum, Athens (1157)
Not on view
Animals—a popular theme during the Byzantine era—continued to appear in early Islamic art. Hares represented plenty and the hunt, a popular activity of the elite for centuries. Three alert hares alternate with stylized palmettes in an interlocking pattern. The overall design resembles the beveled style of carving found at Samarra, briefly the Abbasid capital.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.