Bowl with Lioness

A work made of earthenware with incised decoration and splashes of green in a transparent glaze.
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  • A work made of earthenware with incised decoration and splashes of green in a transparent glaze.

Date:

12th/13th century

Artist:

Iran

About this artwork

This bowl belongs to a group of ceramics from 12th and 13th-century Iran known as Garrus ware. The name Garrus refers to a district in northwest Iran where these ceramics were excavated. Although these wares were found in Garrus, their exact origin of production is unknown. However, as with many modern-day appellations, these ceramics continue to be referred to as Garrus ware. The wares are united by a distinctive decorative technique: the decorative elements are incised on the surface of the object and set against slip backgrounds that are removed to showcase their central motifs against darker areas of color. On this bowl, a lioness has been incised on the interior with scrolling floral motifs showcased against an exposed dark red background.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Bowl with Lioness

Origin

Iran, northwestern

Date

1101–1300

Medium

Earthenware with incised decoration and splashes of green in a transparent glaze

Dimensions

16.1 × 38.1 cm (6 5/16 × 15 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Fund

Reference Number

1953.322

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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