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Polychrome lusterware Earthenware Painted overglaze.
H x W: 6.7 x 6.3 cm (2 5/8 x 2 1/2 in)
Samarra ware
Basra (?), Iraq
Abbasid period
Previous custodian or owner:
George Scanlon (1925 - 2014)
Dorothy Shepherd Payer (1916 - 1992)
Estate of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
Dr. Mary Shepherd Slusser (American, 1918 - 2017)
Found at Fustat, Egypt [1]
From at least 1968
George Scanlon (1925-2014), Fustat, Egypt [2]
From ? to 1992
Dorothy Shepherd Payer (1916-1992), possibly purchased from George Scanlon [3]
Estate of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
From 1992 to 1993
Mary Slusser (1918-2017), Washington, DC, by inheritance from the estate of her sister Dorothy Shepherd Payer [4]
From 1993
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mary Slusser, Washington, DC [5]
[1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
[2] Dr. George Scanlon visited Egypt beginning in 1950. He conducted archaeological excavations in Fustat between 1964 and 1980 through nine seasons. It is possible that he acquired the Fustat sherds during this time period. The card found with the collection states, “ex-collection of George Scanlon 1968, $125 acq'd in Cairo." It is unclear whether George Scanlon acquired these sherds in 1968 or whether the 1968 year refers to when Dorothy Shepherd Payer bought them.
[3] See note 2.
[4] See Deed of Gift, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
[5] See note 4.
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Abbasid period (750 - 1258)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Mary Slusser in memory of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery