Middle East and North Africa, Umayyad Caliphate, ca. 661 to 750 CE. A gorgeous ceramic ewer with an avian form - a bulbous body that bulges outward near its lower end and has a raised spout in the form of a tail. At the opposite side is a charming head with a spherical form, applied eyes, and a tiny spout emerging from its cylindrical beak. The surface is covered in cream slip and decorated with a profusion of whimsical floral reliefs - large sunflowers, curving vines, tiny leaves, all of which create a vibrant surface. Size: 9.1" W x 8.1" H (23.1 cm x 20.6 cm)
The Umayyad period was the formative one for Islamic art. Islam became the official religion of the area and Arabic the official language, while their artwork was inspired by the late antique classical world and its realism combined with the more formal styles of the Byzantines and Sasanians. The latter especially influenced animal and floral motifs as seen here.
Published in Abbas Daneshvari, "Survey of Persian Art Volume, XVIII: From the Fall of the Sasanian Empire to the Present (Islamic Period)", Mazda Publishers, 2005.
Provenance: private California, USA collection; ex-private Gluck collection; Published in Abbas Daneshvari, "Survey of Persian Art Volume, XVIII: From the Fall of the Sasanian Empire to the Present (Islamic Period)", Mazda Publishers, 2005.
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Tiny chip from foot, but otherwise in beautiful condition with some deposits and small stains on surface.