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Unglazed bottle with lions
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Hegira 6th – 7th century / AD 12th – 13th century
SM 2006 – 1191
Ayyubid? Seljuq? Atabeg?
Near East or Iraq
This bottle type, common at the time, is constructed from several parts. The lions’ pounced bodies, striated legs and profiled palmette tails recall carved Fatimid rock crystals. Beasts with similar bodies also occur on unglazed wares from Syria and Northern Iraq. The central tree-of-life, finally, echoes contemporary Siculo-Islamic textiles.
"Unglazed bottle with lions" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;16;en
MWNF Working Number: UA 16