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Fatimid bowl with a drinker, 11th century
David Collection in Copenhagen
Earthenware bowl, painted in lustre over a white glaze
Egypt; 11th century
H: 5.5; Diam: 20.5 cm
While the motifs on figurative bowls painted in lustre in Abbasid Iraq were stylized, a number of quite naturalistic depictions of courtiers,
dancers, wrestlers, etc. are known from Fatimid Egypt.
Here we have a young man in a long-sleeved tunic with a tiraz band and wearing an elaborately wound turban.
He is pouring a dark drink, presumably wine, from a glass decanter into a beaker, which is a reconstruction,
since the bowl is missing three shards.
Beside him stands a dish with cakes or fruit from which a palmette grows.
There are many figurative elements in Fatimid art,
something that should perhaps be seen in the context of the regionís Coptic Christian tradition.
Source: David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark, Inv. no. 4/1992
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