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Bowl with a Bird

Arts of the Islamic World

Contour panels filled with V-shaped motifs enhance the bold shape of the peacock on this bowl. This style of decoration is typical of tenth-century monochrome lusterware production under the cAbbasid 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 commonly appear on Islamic ceramics from this time.
MEDIUM Ceramic; earthenware, painted in luster on an opaque white glaze
DATES 10th century
PERIOD Abbasid
DIMENSIONS Diameter: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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