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Bowl with a Bird

Contour panels filled with V-shaped motifs enhance the bold shape of the peacock in this bowl. This style of decoration is typical of tenth-century monochrome lusterware production under the 'Abbasid rulers of Iraq. The tail of the peacock contains an inscription that, though damaged, still contains the last two letters of the Arabic word baraka, which means "blessing." Inscriptions wishing good fortune for the owner were popular in Islamic ceramics at this time.

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