Fatimid bowl with female scarf dancer

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12th century
Fatimid period
earthenware painted over glaze with luster
H: 6.7 W: 26.1 cm

Figural representations, such as this sensuous female dancer, played a prominent role in lustre-painted ceramics in twelfth-century Egypt. Although the vessels were made from coarser clay than earlier Iraqi examples, the decoration, like much of the art of the Fatimid period (909-1171), tended to be more animated and naturalistic. The plate is further embellished with an inscription bestowing good wishes on its anonymous owner.
Freer Gallery, Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art.

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