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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.513
Title
Ceramic bowl
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Morocco, Fez
Period
'Alawid period
Culture
Moroccan
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/351439
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Red earthenware with painting over opaque glaze
Dimensions
12" diameter, 6" height
Provenance
[Galerie Al Badii, Marrakech, (by 2001)], sold; to William A. McClung, Richmond, VA (2001-2014), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2014.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of William Alexander McClung, Ph.D. 1972
Accession Year
2014
Object Number
2014.513
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This conical bowl with high foot ring and rounded sides conforms to a type of Moroccan vessel referred to as a mokhfia, which was used to serve couscous. On the interior, the design is traced in brown, then filled in with a grayish blue, pale yellow, and emerald green. From a yellow circle at the center, the radial pattern extends to the rim; it features six pointed lobes containing stylized pomegranates on swaying stalks. Each pomegranate bears a multi-petaled flower. On the exterior, a wide border along the rim is filled with a loosely painted zigzag.
Publication History

Carlo Venturini, La Faenza dell’Islam: Le ceramiche di Fès (Milan, 1991), pp. 43-45, illustrated p. 45

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