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Collection Online as of April 21, 2024



c. 1475–1500
Location: 116 Islamic

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A wine cup in the center of the dish evokes the pleasures of a feast.


Alternating leaves and pomegranates circle the rim of this dish, emerging from the swirling vegetal motif in the background. The pomegranate is a common decorative element in Islamic art. It is mentioned in the Qur’an as one of the fruits of paradise and is prized for its beauty and nutritional benefits. The use of the pomegranate on this luminous dish may indicate that it was produced for the court of the Nasrid dynasty (1232–1492) in Spain. The palace of Alhambra, the seat of power for the emirs, dynastic Muslim rulers, from the early 1300s, is in Granada, which translates to pomegranate.
  • ?-1915
    Hinman B. Hurlbut [1819-1884], Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (May 21, 2021-May 31, 2022).
    Al-Andalus: Art from Islamic Spain (Islamic art rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 29, 2019-October 25, 2020).
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