Object Name: Bowl
Date: 10th century
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)
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.