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Footed Bowl with painted design of birds

Accession Number
1957/1.53

Title
Footed Bowl with painted design of birds

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
11th century - 12th century

Medium & Support
buff earthenware with underglaze iron painting

Dimensions
5 3/4 in x 11 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in (14.61 cm x 28.58 cm x 28.58 cm);6 3/4 in (17.15 cm);17 1/2 in (44.45 cm);13 3/4 in (34.93 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Among Persian ceramics decorated with incised design, there is a subgroup with a distinctive type of ornamentation made up of birds and green crosshatching. In general the engraved birds are executed with a hasty but vaguely naturalistic intent and they are silhouetted against a filler field of dark green, also applied with a certain spontaneity. The disposition of the birds on the ceramic surface varies from the more or less concentric rows to a large pair of heraldic birds covering the interior of another bowl. 

 

Physical Description
This footed bowl with painted designs is of 11th-13th century Iranian origin. The object stands upon a broad pierced foot, with a stem extending upwards supporting a shallow dish. It is done in brown, green and gold. The decoration consists of a number of birds compartmentalized by a gold background that serves to set off their shapes and creates a free-form design. Sgraffito cuts through the slip on glaze to a layer of brown that creates part of the form of the bird or its decoration. All of this is set against green cross-hatched areas. 

 

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
bowl

Collection Area
Western

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Amol
Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic (culture or style)
Rayy
Seljuk pottery styles
birds (motifs)
bowls (vessels)
ceramics (object genre)

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )

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