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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, Greek.

Name of Object:

Lustre bowl

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century

Museum Inventory Number:

749

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Earthenware with lustre colours

Dimensions:

Diameter 24 cm

Period / Dynasty

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Lustre bowl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;26;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 26

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 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids


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