Bowl depicting a Man holding a Cup and a Flowering Branch

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 10th century

Geography: Iraq

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Dimensions: H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Diam. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd and Purchase, Richard S. Perkins Gift, 1977

Accession Number: 1977.126


Monochrome ceramics painted in luster often include stylized human figures. In this example—outstanding for its originality and skill of execution—the lively caricature-like quality of the seated man holding a beaker and flowering branch is enhanced by the two birds that hold fish in their beaks but look like they are kissing.