12th-13th century CE
Materials and technique
Stonepaste body, painted in lustre on an opaque white glaze
Ø 17 cm
The time-honoured theme of princely horsemanship is depicted on this Iranian lustreware bowl. Riders and horses appear to gallop between checker board trees in the cavetto of the bowl. The ornately dressed riders, the arrangement of trees and plants with dotted stems are characteristic of the miniature style of Kashan lustreware, according to Oliver Watson (Watson 2004, p. 353). This style, with its attention to small details and direct painting on a white background, finds close parallels in manuscript illustration and has been related to the contemporary Warqa and Gulsha manuscript in the Topkapı Palace Library, Istanbul (Melikian-Chirvani 1970). Bands of decorated kufic inscriptions are found along the uppermost interior register of the bowl.
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