Zoomorphic priming flasks of carved ivory, such as these, were among the first Mughal decorative arts to reach Europe, with numerous examples listed in princely collections of art and natural history dating from 1650
AN ABBASID LUSTRE BOWL, IRAQ, 9TH-10TH CENTURY of shallow rounded form with everted rim, supported on a short foot, decorated in a golden lustre with a monumental cockerel and two split-palmettes reserved on a dotted ground, scalloping to rim, the reverse with six-roundels with foliate and dot motifs 24cm. diam.
Samarkand Pottery Bowl, Central Asia, C. Rising from short foot through rounded body with slightly everted rim, the interior decorated in light brown with red highlights with 2 confronted rearing lions, fish and palmettos
Bowl Place of origin: Basra, Iraq (probably, made) Date: century (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Earthenware, with blue painting in an opaque white glaze Museum number: Gallery location: Islamic Middle East, room case