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Bowl with two facing peacocks
New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira mid-4th century / AD second–third quarter of the 10th century
Earthenware; lustre-painted on opaque white glaze
Probably Basra, Iraq
Birds were a popular subject in the Abbasid period, as artists working in many media transformed the creatures’ beaks and wings into increasingly abstracted designs. The symmetrical pattern of two peacocks facing each other finds iconographic precedents in examples dating from the late antique and Byzantine periods, where it often carried paradisiacal connotations. Monochrome lustre examples such as this were characteristic of the second phase of Abbasid lustreware, which developed in centres in Iraq in the tenth century. The word blessing appears in Arabic on the glazed underside of this bowl.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1964
"Bowl with two facing peacocks" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;34;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 34