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Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century
Earthenware with lustre colours
Diameter 24 cm
The ceramic bowl is painted with monochrome lustre and displays a giraffe with its groom by a tree on a background filled with contour panels decorated with the so-called peacock’s eye design. The design is comparable to another bowl in Cairo with the same scene but in a double mirror image and signed by Muslim ibn al-Dahhan. Giraffes were regarded as exotic and prestigious animals and were paraded on festival celebrations.
"Lustre bowl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;26;en
MWNF Working Number: GR 26