BOWL WITH A BIRD MOTIF - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Ceramic, Mosaic

Object name
Bowl With A Bird Motif

Geography
North Africa

Period
10th-11th century CE

Materials and technique
Stonepaste, painted and glazed

Dimensions
Ø 23.8 cm

Accession number
AKM00579

Description

On this bowl, a large bird, possibly a peacock, is painted in green, yellow, and manganese against a dark yellow ground. The peacock is associated with Paradise and royalty; it is depicted on a wide range of Islamic objects, from ceramic bowls to textiles, metalwork, and book arts. Some believe that the peacock was ejected from Paradise with Adam and Eve, explaining its mournful cries. The peacock is a very popular motif for the decoration of ceramic bowls throughout the Islamic world, from North Africa to Central Asia, over a long span of time. The bird’s shape fits neatly within the cavetto and the tail feathers are often curved back toward its head. The decorative motifs, technique, and palette of this bowl are typical of North African ceramic production.

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