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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Fragment of a Bowl with a Horse and Rider
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1233
Creation Date: early 1200s
Creation Place: Made possibly in Antioch
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Terracotta with green glaze over slip, decorated in sgraffito
Dimensions: Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Inexpensive earthenware vessels, generally meant for household use or export, were produced in many centers of the Byzantine world. These works were quickly thrown on the potter's wheel, partially covered with a thin layer of slip, and then coated on the interior with a transparent glaze. Decoration was often worked by the sgraffito method, in which a design is quickly drawn or scraped through the layer of slip with a sharp metal tool.
When intact, this bowl may have shown a rider with a falcon. In his left hand the rider holds what appears to be a falconer's lure; his extended right hand perhaps cradled the bird. Images such as these were intended to evoke the hunt, a popular pastime for members of the imperial court (and regarded as good practice for military action).
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1984.181
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1984
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1984.181
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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