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early 13th century

Saljuq period

Stone-paste painted over glaze with luster
H: 14.3 W: 12.7 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1903.197

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Throughout the twelfth and thirteenth century, human and animal imagery permeated all media. Although the meaning and function of this sensitively rendered deer is unclear, it underlines the new artistic fascination with the natural world.