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Footed bowl with a molded design of sphinxes and harpies

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Footed bowl with a molded design of sphinxes and harpies

Creation date: 12th - 13th century
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Ceramic Bowl
Medium and Support: Stonepaste, molded, with a turquoise glaze
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Irving T. Snyder
Accession Number: 1964.74
Dimensions: 5 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. x 7 3/16 in. (13.97 cm x 19.37 cm x 18.26 cm)
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Mrs. Irving T. Snyder, Coronado, California ( - June 29, 1964)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 29, 1964 - )

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04/17/17 Diana Chou
The oldest bowls here, from the ninth and tenth century, are made of earthenware clay and are decorated with tinted slip made of diluted clay. By the eleventh century, a new kind of clay had been developed, incorporating quartz and glass frit, which allowed potters to make vessels with thinner walls that could also be shaped with fine molds. New alkaline glazes offered a range of brighter colors, and turquoise became especially popular.
Last Updated: 4/24/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Islamic Ceramics and Luristan Bronzes: Collection of The Fine Arts Gallery The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/1/1964 - 11/1/1964

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Islamic Ceramics and Luristan Bronzes: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1964
Page Number: No. 5, Figure Number: 5

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