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Fritware with blue and white glaze painted with lustre
Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre. Shape: roughly rectangular fragment forms profile of a dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring. Interior: on the lip painted lustre forms a frieze of scrolling vegetation, enclosed, above and below, by concentric bands both of which are splashed with blue from the exterior glaze. On the body, painted in reserve against a lustre background, a frieze depicts a seated figure wearing a robe decorated with series of three dots. The figure is flanked either side by arabesques painted in lustre. On the base another figure, also painted in reserve against a lustred background but only partly visible due the fragmentary nature of the dish, wears a headdress. Exterior: a band of lustre decorates the rim and a frieze of Arabic script (probably cursive) is painted faintly in lustre on the upper body. The blue glaze covers the surface unevenly to a half way point on the foot ring.
Iran (potter) (country) ()
Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()
Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre
height: (whole): 10.2
late 12th Century
circa 1179 to 1198
H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991
C.438-1991 (Applied Arts)