Historical period(s)
Fatimid period, 12th century
Medium
earthenware painted over glaze with luster
Dimensions
H x W: 6.7 x 26.1 cm (2 5/8 x 10 1/4 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1946.30
On View Location
Freer Gallery 03: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
dance, earthenware, Egypt, Fatimid period (909 - 1171), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1946
Brummer Gallery, Inc., New York. [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from the Brummer Gallery, Inc., New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Object folder, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Brummer Gallery, Inc.

Label

Figural representations, such as this sensuous female dancer, played a prominent role in luster-painted ceramics in twelfth-century Egypt. Although the vessels were made from coarser clay than earlier Iraqi examples, the decoration, like much of the art of the Fatimid period (909-1171), tended to be more animated and naturalistic. The plate is further embellished with an inscription bestowing good wishes on its anonymous owner.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum