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.
- Lobed Bowl with Seated Figure and Attendants
- Fritware, with in-glaze painting in blue, turquoise and light-purple, and overglaze painting in red, flesh-tone and black enamels
- There are two inscriptions on the bowl, one on the interior rim (a semi-angular Kufic script) and the other in a concentric band (a cursive naskh script) on the exterior of the bowl. Both inscriptions have remained un-deciphered.
- 9.6 × 20.3 cm (3 3/4 × 8 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Andrew Dole