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fritware, moulded with a white or blue glaze painted with lustre
fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre. Shape: everted rim with bulbous collar and straight neck ending in two horizontal ridges. Four faces of the body are shaped to form figures, enhanced by painted decoration, each separated by a prominent vertical corner ridge; sits on a foot ring Exterior: mouth, neck and shoulder are decorated in lustre with concentric bands separating friezes of scrolling patterns which, on the collar, include jewel like motifs. On each side of the body, four female figures are painted in reserve, against a lustre background, wearing a headdress and a robe decorated with an inverted palmette leaf. Commas and jewel like motifs flank these figures while, on the vertical ridges at the corners of the vessel, friezes of Arabic script (cursive) are contained within vertical bands; all painted in lustre. Glaze runs unevenly over the very lowest part of the body and onto the foot ring. Lustre deteriorated on section of neck, possible due to misfiring. Interior: rim has a concentric band of lustre over a blue glaze that extends over visible sections of the upper body.
Iran (potter) (country) ()
Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()
fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre
height: (whole): 32.1
late 12th Century
circa 1179 to 1198
H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991
C.430-1991 (Applied Arts)