Lobed Bowl with Seated Figure and Attendants

A work made of fritware, with in-glaze painting in blue, turquoise and light-purple, and overglaze painting in red, flesh-tone and black enamels.
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  • A work made of fritware, with in-glaze painting in blue, turquoise and light-purple, and overglaze painting in red, flesh-tone and black enamels.

Date:

Seljuq dynasty (1037–1194), late 12th/early 13th century

Artist:

Iran
probably Kashan

About this artwork

Iranian 12th- and 13th-century overglaze-painted ceramics, or mina’i (meaning enameled), are particularly opulent and luxurious objects due to their broad color palette. Prior to the late 12th century, colors applied to ceramics were generally limited to one or two per vessel. This example, however, has a much wider range of color, including red, blue, purple, black, and beige. The use of multiple colors applied over the glazed allowed for the depiction of increasingly complex scenes on ceramic vessels. Note the variety of figural decoration on the bowl, which is derived from stock imagery dealing with courtly culture.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Culture

Islamic

Title

Lobed Bowl with Seated Figure and Attendants

Origin

Iran

Date

1099–1299

Medium

Fritware, with in-glaze painting in blue, turquoise and light-purple, and overglaze painting in red, flesh-tone and black enamels

Dimensions

9.6 × 20.3 cm (3 3/4 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Andrew Dole

Reference Number

1941.87

Extended information about this artwork

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