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see also: 69244 see also: 69276


Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, early 13th century
Stone-paste painted under glaze and over glaze with luster
H x W: 14.3 x 12.7 cm (5 5/8 x 5 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Throughout the twelfth and thirteenth century, human and animal imagery permeated all media. Although the meaning and function of this sensitively rendered deer is unclear, it underlines the new artistic fascination with the natural world.

To 1903
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Paris, France to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Paris, in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Voucher No. 1, November 1903, and Original Pottery List, L. 1236, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) (1868 - 1951)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Ceramic
deer, Iran, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300)
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Art Project, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will be open during standard operating hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during Inauguration weekend, January 20 through 22, 2017.

We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.