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Fritware with white and blue glaze under lustre paint
Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre. Shape: hemispherical dish with a flange rim and a low foot ring. Interior: decoration entirely in reserve against a lustred background. On the rim, a frieze of small circles is enclosed above and below by concentric lines; blue pigment from the exterior glaze forms irregular spots of colour. The central decoration features a horseman, seated on a harnessed horse adorned with a starred blanket. The horseman wears a hat and a tunic; the latter decorated with groups of dots that match the larger groups of dots on the horse’s body. The background contains scrolling vines with palmette leaves. Exterior: a lustre band decorates the rim, while the blue glaze on the body extends to the upper foot ring.
Iran (potter) (country) ()
Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()
Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre
height: (whole): 5.3
late 12th Century
circa 1179 to 1198
H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991
Conforms to Watson’s monumental style, although Sotheby’s refer to the bowl as ‘Rayy monumental’ style
C.435-1991 (Applied Arts)