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Asian Art

Bowl with Birds

11th century

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

3 × 7 5/8 in. (7.62 × 19.37 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.51.66
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.
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Islamic, Iranian
Period: 
Iran, Abbasid dynasty (750–1258)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Parish-Watson Co., New York, purchase Feb. 1, 1926; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955) New York #211; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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.

Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Iranian Institue, 1940), 161, no. 18C.

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