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earthenware with a white glaze painted with lustre
pinkish buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with a yellow lustre.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly out-turned rim sitting on a low foot ring.
Interior: on the rim crescents and dots are painted above Arabic inscriptions on the bottom left and right hand edge. Dominating the bowl a stylised peacock is painted with bi-partite plumage on the head and ‘eyes’ covering the body and a section of the tail.
Exterior: concentric circles are painted, with the inner circle containing wavey lines painted on a background of dotted lines.
Iraq (potter) (country) ()
pinkish buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with a yellow lustre
height: (whole): 4.2
width: (whole): 12.3
diameter: (rim): 12.3
diameter: (base): 4.4
weight: (whole): 108
Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased Purchased with the Glaisher Fund
inscription Position: upper body (inner surface) Method: painted in lustre Content: Description: three Arabic inscriptions Interpretation: Language: Arabic
label Position: base exterior (underside of foot ring) Method: printed, typed, hand written (pencil and ink) Content: 'Lent By/No' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '297' and '22' (hand written with latter crossed through) Description: rectangular paper label with serrated upper edge Interpretation: Possibly Victoria and Albert Museum label Language: English
Pope, A.U. (1938) Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, Oxford: Oxford University Press [comments: Plate 575B]
Hetjens Museum (1973) Islamische Keramik, Dusseldorf [page: 84-5] [comments: Cf. peacock design on catalogue number 103]
Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 23-59] [comments: Cf. similar vessel shape see BEN.01 (figure 3.8). Cf. BL.F dot line motif except wavey lines instead of ‘V’ shapes and BL.17 “running-crescent” (figure 3.9). Ref. on Abbasid Iraqi ceramics]
Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 182-197] [comments: Cf. Peacock motif on lustre and similar exterior pattern see catalogue number ‘Cat E.15’. Ref. on Abbasid lustre]
Auld, S (2005) Birds and Blessings: A Khol-pot from Jerusalem, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press [page: 1-22] Source title: The Iconography of Islamic Art ( [comments: Ref. on iconography of peacock designs]
Pancaroğlu, O (2007) Perpetual Glory Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago [page: 44-57] [comments: Cf. Peacock motif on lustre and similar exterior pattern see catalogue number 9 (p. 49). Ref. on Abbasid lustre]