Bowl with Birds Maker: Unknown

12th–13th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Decorated with an interlaced design and a heraldic depiction of birds, this bowl belongs to a type known as Garrus ware. Named for a district southwest of the Caspian Sea where some of the first examples were found, Garrus vessels were made by covering the clay body with a slip (a cream-colored mixture of clay), then carving the designs, darkening them, and finally, applying a transparent glaze.


Earthenware with carved black decoration under green glaze (Garrus ware)


3 × 7 5/8 in. (7.62 × 19.37 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Seljuk period (1037–1194), Ilkhanid period (1256–1353)


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Parish-Watson Co., New York, purchase Feb. 1, 1926; Asia Institute, New York ; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York #211; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,1951
  • Phyllis Ackerman, Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Iranian Institue, 1940), 161, no. 18C
  • Royal Academy of Arts, Persian Art: An Illustrated Souvenir of the Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House, London, 1931, exh. cat. (London: Hudson & Kearns ltd., 1931), 73, no. 114A, label US 524
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels)



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