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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.70
Title
Bowl with Standing Figure Holding a Bottle
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
10th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iraq, Basra
Period
Abbasid period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/165420
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Buff-colored earthenware painted with luster (silver and copper) over white lead alkali glaze opacified with tin
Technique
Lusterware
Dimensions
4.1 x 13.7 cm (1 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Provenance
[Mansour Gallery, London, 1975], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (1975-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.50.70
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This small bowl, reconstructed from about ten fragments, depicts a standing female figure. Half of her head, starting at the widow’s peak, and the top portion of the implement in her raised hand are now plaster fill. The woman has long, wavy hair and wears earrings and tiraz armbands. She carries a globular bottle, which again signals the courtly enjoyment of intoxicating beverages. Leaves of elongated teardrop form and a field of V-shaped marks fill the space around her. The luster decoration on the exterior consists of concentric circles amid dots and dashes. The bottom of the foot is glazed and marked with four dabs of luster.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
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Bowl with standing figure holding a bottle
Iraq, Basra, Abbasid period, 10th century
Buff-colored earthenware painted with luster (silver and copper) over white lead alkali glaze opacified with tin
4.1 × 13.7 cm (1 5/8 × 5 3/8 in.)
2002.50.70

This small bowl, reconstructed from about ten fragments, depicts a standing female figure. Half of her head, starting at the widow’s peak, and the top portion of the implement in her raised hand are now plaster fill. Like the figure on the previous bowl (cat. 4), this woman has long, wavy hair and wears earrings and ṭirāz armbands. She carries a globular bottle, which again signals the courtly enjoyment of intoxicating beverages. Leaves of elongated teardrop form and a field of V-shaped marks fill the space around her. The luster decoration on the exterior consists of concentric circles amid dots and dashes, which can also be seen on other bowls in the collection (cats. 4, 6, and 7). The bottom of the foot is glazed and marked with four dabs of luster.

Mary McWilliams

Publication History

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 173, cat. 5, ill.

Exhibition History

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

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