Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012

Dish with Falcon Attacking a Water Bird

Dish with Falcon Attacking a Water Bird

1100s

Fritware with carved decoration and underglaze design, Lakabi ware

Overall: 8.3 x 40 cm (3 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1938.7

Location

Exhibition

Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)

Did you know?

Sanctioned by the Qur'an (5:4-6), falconry was for many centuries a favorite sport of Muslim rulers.

Description

The development of fritware in the Islamic world revolutionized ceramic production and was likely influenced by the import of Chinese porcelain. Fritware was largely made of quartz with small amounts of crushed glass and fine clay in order to produce a white body. The carved surface with raised outlines allowed glazes of different colors to be side by side without running together when fired.

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