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Mamluk Ceramic Pigeon

This is a rare Syrian (Damascus) lustre-decorated ceramic pigeon that belongs to the Mamluk period in Syria (13th to 14th century). Its body is moulded of earthenware, covered with a dark blue glaze and painted with metallic lustre colour above the glazed surface.

The detailed painting of the breast feathers illustrates the potter’s ability and keen interest in simulating the multi-coloured shine of a dark pigeon’s plumage. The bird is a decorative object, and may have been part of a group of pigeons.

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