Sherd, cream body, opaque tin glaze

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, mid 8th-mid 13th century
Polychrome lusterware Earthenware Painted overglaze
Samarra ware
H x W x D (overall): 1.4 x 10 x 5.5 cm (9/16 x 3 15/16 in)
Iraq, Basra (?)
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Slusser in memory of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Abbasid period (750 - 1258), earthenware, Iraq, Samarra ware

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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Estate of Dorothy Shepherd Payer
Dorothy Shepherd Payer 1916-1992
Dr. Mary Shepherd Slusser American, 1918-2017
George Scanlon 1925-2014

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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