Large Luster Bowl

A work made of fritware painted in luster on an opaque white glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of fritware painted in luster on an opaque white glaze.

Date:

Seljuq dynasty (1037–1194), 12th century, dated 1191 (Safar, 587 A.H.)

Artist:

Iran
probably Kashan

About this artwork

This fragmented bowl combines two different luster styles in a single object. The vessel is primarily decorated in the miniature technique, so-called for its similarities to miniature or manuscript painting. The horizontal bands of the design, the checkerboard trees, and the white background are all hallmarks of this type of decoration. However, some of the figures are painted in reserve, with their forms in white and the surrounding pattern filled in around them—a feature more typical of the monumental style of luster painting.This luster bowl also contains two different bands of inscriptions. An inscription derived from knotted Kufic with dense arabesques surrounds the interior rim and repeats a single word, wealth. The other inscription lines the exterior rim of the bowl and contains the date of creation, an illegible signature, and lines from Persian poetry, which do not relate directly to the imagery of the bowl’s decoration. Some of the poetry is indecipherable, but two couplets have been identified as part of an ode written by the known Persian poet, Sana’i Ghaznavi.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Title

Large Luster Bowl

Origin

Iran

Date

1186–1196

Medium

Fritware painted in luster on an opaque white glaze

Inscriptions

The two inscriptions have been translated or partially translated by Manijeh Bayani (May 31, 2015). Please see below for her initial findings.

Dimensions

14 × 38.5 cm (5 1/2 × 15 1/18 in.)

Credit Line

Logan-Patten-Ryerson collection

Reference Number

1927.414

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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