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Footed Bowl with painted design of birds

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Footed Bowl with painted design of birds


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
11th century - 12th century

Medium & Support
buff earthenware with underglaze iron painting

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. 


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Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic (culture or style)
Seljuk pottery styles
birds (motifs)
bowls (vessels)
ceramics (object genre)

4 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 )
Cabinet J: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet J ➜ Shelf 3