Two Bowls with Figures and a Footed Plate with Birds

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 10th century

Geography: Excavated in Iran, Nishapur

Medium: Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)

Dimensions: H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1938

Accession Number: 38.40.290


Common among the buff ware bowls that depict human figures are those holding drinking vessels. In this case, a man wearing a green tunic under a multi-colored, skirt-like garment holds a fluted goblet in his right hand. The imagery on these bowls is thought to derive from metalwork of the Sasanian period (3rd to 7th century) in Iran. The distinctive yellow and green glazes of the buff ware group are particularly well-preserved on this example.