Fatimid bowl with female scarf dancer
A larger image of a Fatimid bowl with scarf female dancer, Freer Gallery, Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art.
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.
Previous: Fatimid plate with mounted hunter, 12th century Next: Sicilian ivory pyxis, 12th century
Fatimid Musicians, Dancers & Revellers and Labourers