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Maker/s

Unknown (potter)

Collection

Oscar Raphael

Category

fritware (stonepaste)
lustreware (sub-category)Islamic pottery (sub-category)

Name

dish

School/Style

Seljuk

Monumental style

Description

fritware coated in a blue or white glaze painted in lustre on the interior

pinkish fritware, probably wheel thrown coated in a white glaze painted in brown lustre on the interior and glazed in blue on the reverse Shape: irregular conical dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring Interior: blue glaze from the exterior runs onto the interior rim edge, Arabic script is painted in lustre on the rim. On the body, reserved on a lustred ground, a series of different birds, a griffin and a fox around a central dotted cheetah are surrounded by scrolling vegetation and split palmettes. Exterior: blue glaze runs unevenly over the exterior terminating on the lower body or foot ring.

Production Place

Kashan (potter)

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

pinkish fritware, probably wheel thrown coated in a white glaze painted in brown lustre on the interior and glazed in blue on the reverse

Dimensions

height: (whole): 6.7 cm
width: (whole): 36 cm
diameter: (rim): 36 cm
diameter: (base): 18.5 cm
weight: (whole): 1,564 g

Period

late 12th Century

Date

circa 1179 to 1198

Provenance

bequeathed: Raphael, Oscar C. 1905-04-24 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Bought from Garabed, 1930

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: rim interior
    Method: hand painted in lustre
    Content:
    Description: cursive arabic script
    Interpretation:
    Language: Persian
    Translation: Happiness...plenty of happiness...well-being, prosperity and good fortune
  2. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: printed in black, hand written in black ink
    Content: 'International Exhibition of Persian Art, London, 1931' (printed around edge), 'R 29' (hand written in black on a printed line)
    Description: rectangular paper label
    Interpretation: old exhibition label
    Language: English
  3. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: printed in grey, hand written in black ink
    Content: border, coat of arms and ‘City of Manchester Art Gallery’ (printed in grey), ‘5426/B.H. -159P’ (hand written in black)
    Description: square paper label
    Interpretation: old exhibition label
    Language: English
  4. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: hand written in black ink
    Content: ’29.'
    Description: circular paper label
    Interpretation: old object number

Documentation

  1. Royal Academy of Arts (1931) Catalogue of the international exhibition of Persian art, London: Royal Academy of Arts [page: 105]
    [comments: Publ. 159P]
  2. Pope, A.U. (1938) Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, Oxford: Oxford University Press
    [comments: Publ. Plate 641 A]
  3. Hayward Gallery (1976) The Arts of Islam, Hayward Gallery 8 April-4 July 1976, London: Arts Council of Great Britain [page: 244]
    [comments: Publ. catalogue number 345]
  4. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. vessel form see Fig.1 (p. 50). Cf. similar shaped dishes painted in monumental style with cursive inscription on rim see Fig. 13 (p. 53). Ref. on monumental style]
  5. Morgan, P. (1994) Iranian Stone-Paste Pottery of the Saljuq Period. Types and Distribution, : Oxford University Press [page: 162-9]
    Source title: Cobalt Blue and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. (
    [comments: Cf. mythical creatures in monumental style see sphinx on catalogue number 243 (p. 220-221). Ref. on Iranian lustre]
  6. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 121-155]
    [comments: Cf. Motif KL.2 and KL.3 on interior background. Cf. form ASH.64 and ASH.13 (figure 6.6). Ref. on Iranian ceramic fabrics]

Other Notes

Accession Number

OC.157-1946 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 77590; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-06-30)

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