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Sherd, cream body, opaque tin glaze

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 8th-mid 13th century
  • Geography

    Basra (?), Iraq
  • Material

    Monochrome lusterware Earthenware Painted overglaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 4.8 x 5.8 x 4.6 cm (1 7/8 x 2 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    Found at Fustat, Egypt [1]
    From at least 1968
    George Scanlon (1925-2014), Fustat, Egypt [2]
    From ? to 1992
    Dorothy Shepherd Payer (1916-1992), possibly purchased from George Scanlon [3]
    Estate of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
    From 1992 to 1993
    Mary Slusser (1918-2017), Washington, DC, by inheritance from the estate of her sister Dorothy Shepherd Payer [4]
    From 1993
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mary Slusser, Washington, DC [5]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
    [2] Dr. George Scanlon visited Egypt beginning in 1950. He conducted archaeological excavations in Fustat between 1964 and 1980 through nine seasons. It is possible that he acquired the Fustat sherds during this time period. The card found with the collection states, “ex-collection of George Scanlon 1968, $125 acq'd in Cairo." It is unclear whether George Scanlon acquired these sherds in 1968 or whether the 1968 year refers to when Dorothy Shepherd Payer bought them.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] See Deed of Gift, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [5] See note 4.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation (December 4, 2004 to July 17, 2005)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    George Scanlon (1925-2014)
    Dorothy Shepherd Payer (1916-1992)
    Estate of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
    Dr. Mary Shepherd Slusser (1918-2017)
  • Origin

    Basra (?), Iraq
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mary Slusser in memory of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
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