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calyx

A group of outer leaves that surround the unopened bud of a flower.

faience

a colorful substance used to mold or decorate small figures or amulets

Fatimid

Islamic Shi'ite dynasty that ruled Egypt AD 969-1171

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Bowl Decorated With a Drinking Scene
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This glazed faience bowl is decorated with a drinking scene, represented by a person holding a calyx in his hand with his left hand to his waist. He wears a turban on his head with several folds and a hair lock on his cheek.

The face is distinguished by its almond eyes, straight nose, and small mouth, all traits of Fatimid art. The drawing is surrounded by a decorative cockeye design. To the right of the main drawing there is an ewer, or pitcher, hanging in the air.

Dimensions:  Height 7.7 cm  Diameter 28 cm

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Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Luster Metallic

Style:

Fatimid

Materials:

Ceramic
Type Type

Type:

Bowl
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Location: 

Islamic Ceramics Museum

Created: 

Governorate of Cairo
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Created: 

11th Century AD
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