V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Life at court

Following an ancient Iranian tradition, the figures on lustre bowls from Abbasid Iraq usually depict life at court. Here the seated prince holds a wine glass, while the stag motif may have been taken from a larger hunt scene. These designs were not meant to imitate life. Similar designs appeared on more prestigious dishes of silver or gold, and the background of dots imitates the texture of an engraved metal surface.

Lustre bowl
Iraq, probably Basra
About 900
Museum No. C.62-1981