Name of Object:

Deep bowl


Lisbon, Portugal

Holding Museum:

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Date of Object:

About Hegira 987–92 / AD 1580–5

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ceramic made from siliceous clay, painted onto engobe (slip) beneath a transparent glaze.


Diameter (max.) 28 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iznik, Turkey.


A deep dish decorated in green, red, blue and white with black outlines. Two harpies opposite one another are perched on bushes filled with scales, and flanked by boughs of plum-tree flowers which form the decoration of the central field inscribed inside a medallion. On this dish the harpies have a crowned female head and the body of a winged dragon. The depiction of harpies, mythical creatures, is related to various animal fables and takes different forms. Running around the flattened edge of the piece is a frieze of hunting dogs chasing birds, a cat, hares and a pair of owls facing one another. There are two holes in the border and on the foot-ring for hanging the bowl.

View Short Description

Deep dish with a depiction of two facing harpies perched on bushes filled out with scales and flanked by bunches of plum blossom. The brim is decorated with a lively scene showing hunting dogs chasing birds, a cat and hares.

How date and origin were established:

From the Jeuniette collection. It was purchased through M. Stora & Co. on 10 April 1919.

How Object was obtained:

From the Jeuniette collection. It was purchased through M. Stora & Cª on 10 April 1919.

How provenance was established:

By expert examination, stylistic and comparative analysis and the exhibition catalogues written by international specialists, mentioned in the bibliography.

Selected bibliography:

Atasoy, N . and Raby, J., Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989.
Ribeiro, M. Q., Louças Iznik / Iznik Pottery, Lisbon, 1996.

Citation of this web page:

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro "Deep bowl" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;pt;Mus01_A;20;en

Prepared by: Maria Queiroz RibeiroMaria Queiroz Ribeiro

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro é conservadora do departamento de Arte Islâmica do Museu Calouste Gulbenkian desde 1996, sendo responsável pelas secções de cerâmica, vidro e arte do livro. Tem comissariado diversas exposições: The World of Lacquer, Lisboa, 2001; Un Jardin Encantado, Arte Islámico en la Colección Calouste Gulbenkian, Madrid, 2001; Islamic Art in the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Abu Dhabi, 2004. Participou em colóquios internacionais no International Congress of Turkish Art, apresentando comunicações como Following the trail of Ottoman tiles in Portugal em Utrecht, 1999 e La céramique islamique dans la Collection Gulbenkian, no Musée de la Céramique de Sèvres, em 2003. É autora de Iznik Pottery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisboa, 1996 e co-autora de Mamluk Glass in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa, 1999.

Translation by: Gilla Evans
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: PT 25


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