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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 14th-early 15th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Earthenware painted over glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 77.2 × 68.2 cm (30 3/8 × 26 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Clay: soft, dense, buff.
    Glaze: originally white, discolored, partially disintegrated and chipped.
    Decoration: in dark-blue over glaze. Traces of gold lustre.
  • Inscriptions

    Deer: Good health; Roundels: Good health. Central band: O thou onlooker who art adorned with the splendor of the dwelling / Look at my shape today and contemplate: thou wilt see my excellence / For I appear to be made of silver and my clothing from blossoms / My happiness lies in the hands of he who is my owner, underneath the canopy.
  • Provenance

    Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874), Spain [1]
    To 1903
    Charles Davis, London, to 1903 [2]
    From 1903 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Charles Davis in 1903 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 9, R.E., 1952, in the object record.
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1245, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
    Caliphs and Kings The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain (May 8 to October 17, 2004)
    Ceramics from the World of Islam (January 16, 1974 to July 1, 1974)
    Near Eastern Pottery and Persian Painting (May 2, 1923 to March 14, 1931)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish, 1838-1874)
    Charles Davis (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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