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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 19th-early 20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Glazed composition with paint
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 4.3 × 17.3 cm (1 11/16 × 6 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shallow faience bowl with an intense blue glaze. The flat rim of the bowl is painted black. The bowl is painted on the inside surface with figures outlined in black. In the center is a circle, divided into four sections; two are painted black, the other two left unpainted. Four lotus flowers project from the central motif. The lotus flowers each have three petals and look more like tridents than flowers. The four are separated by four tilapia fish, whose scales are indicated by a cross-hatch pattern and whose fins are rendered by a series of short lines radiating out from the top of each fish. The lotus flowers and the fish are very crudely painted and do not show any of the usual skilled freehand and flowing design typical of this type of faience bowl.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1833, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] 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.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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