13th century CE
Materials and technique
Ceramic; fritware, decorated with a turquoise glaze
Height 71 cm
This monumental vase demonstrates the technical expertise of Iranian potters and belongs to a small group of comparable pieces, all distinguished by their great size, plain opaque turquoise glaze, and combination of moulded and incised decoration. The decoration of the vase is organised into horizontal registers and includes benedictory wishes in a moulded band of Arabic naskh script around the neck and a moulded frieze of running animals on a vine scroll ground around the shoulder. Incised bands of bevelled motifs and scale-like motifs complete the exterior decoration.
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