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Lusterware Plate with Bird Motif
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Lusterware Plate with Bird Motif

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Description Decorative lusterware was popular during the Fatimid Period (910-1171). The most important production place was in the cultural center of al-Fustad near the Fatimid capital al-Qahira (Cairo). This plate displays a typical motif of this time period: a bird in a central roundel with leaves and branches and a broad frame with leaf arabesques. Especially attractive are the variation of forms of the leaves and spiral-tendrils, which modify the rhytmic pattern, and the yellow-golden color of the painting.
Date Description Narrative
3/02/2006Treatmentcleaned; other; loss compensation
  • Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Yeshiva University Museum, New York. 2013-2014.
  • A Cosmopolitan Community: Muslims, Christians, & Jews in Old Cairo. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago. 2015.
  • Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Medieval Trans-Saharan Exchange. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston; Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. 2019-2022.
Provenance Estate of D.G. Kelekian [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1951, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1951

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11th century (Medieval)
earthenware, with luster decoration and glaze
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H: 2 5/8 × Diam: 9 5/8 in. (6.7 × 24.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Out On Exhibition Loan

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