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Catalog number 57.71
Title Pitcher
Object Name Pitcher
Description This one-handled jug has a melon-shaped body and beaked spout. It is decorated with geometric motifs, and animal figures that correspond nicely to the contours of the vessel. On the main panel of the body is a figure of a standing woman. Silhouette figures often stand-alone though it is usual for human and animal forms, whenever they occur, to be superimposed on a foliage background. Fish, water, woman and horse all relate to Sufi mystical metaphors. The stippled pattern on the female figure may have been intended to give the image depth.

The shape of this pitcher is common in Seljuq metalwork. It is a phenomenon of many cultures, including Islamic ones, to imitate objects of more expensive materials (like metal) in common media such as pottery. Seljuq, 1100-1200 AD

Medium/Material Terracotta/Lusterwear/Ceramic
Dimensions H-8.5 Dia-5.5 inches
Year Range from 1100.0
Year Range to 1200.0
Search Terms 12th century AD
Seljuq sultanate
West Asia
Exhibition and Publication History *"Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #214.
*"A Selection from the Queens College Art Collection," Klapper Library, 1979, #47.
*"Art of the East," Klapper Library, 1985, checklist #28.
*"Ancient and Islamic Art," City Gallery, 1987-88, #77. M. Simon, Curator.
*"Discover! Selections from the G-TM of Queens College," Citicorp, L.I.C., 1990, no catalogue.
*"Director's Choice, Part I," G-TM, 4/17-6/1/02, #34. A. Winter, Curator.
*"The Grandeur of Islamic Art in Image and Object," GTM, February 13 - May 31, 2007. Lisa Brody, Co-Curator.
*"Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey," GTM at Flushing Town Hall, March 9-April 29, 2012. A. Winter, A. Bauer, Curators.
Culture Iranian