Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 10th century
Medium
Earthenware painted over glaze with luster
Style
Lustre ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 28.2 x 23.2 x 23.2 cm (11 1/8 x 9 1/8 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
Iraq
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1953.90
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), bird, earthenware, Iraq, Lustre ware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

K. Rabenou

Label

The technique of luster-painted ceramic originated in Iraq in the ninth century from where it spread to the rest of the Islamic world and through Muslim Spain and Europe. Early examples from Iraq, such as this remarkable jar, are often decorated with bold, stylized figural imagery. The identity of this mysterious hooded figure and its relationship to the two birds on the other side, however, remains unclear.

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

Copyright with museum