Dish with Falcon Attacking a Water Bird

Dish with Falcon Attacking a Water Bird


Fritware with carved decoration and underglaze-painted 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


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


Produced in Iran, Syria, and perhaps Egypt, lakabi (painted) wares feature glazes of different colors side-by-side on a single vessel. Designs were carved with raised outlines to prevent the glazes from running together when fired. This large dish shows a falcon attacking a duck or pheasant.

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