Description Bowls very similar to this one have Slavic inscriptions that indicate they were made in northwestern Bulgaria in the 1570s, when the country was part of the Ottoman Empire. This bowl's neutral imagery makes it uncertain whether it was used by Christians or Muslims. To a Christian, the peacocks on it would symbolize the garden of paradise; to a Muslim, they would allude to luxury and courtly pleasures.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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