Turquoise Glazed Painted Bowl

SKU LO.998

12th Century AD to 13th Century AD


2.50″ (6.4cm) high x 5.75″ (14.6cm) depth




Central Asia

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Well proportioned blue glazed deep bowl with black underglaze paint depicting a male figure seated amidst foliage in the cavetto, the medallion surrounded by pointed arrows. Below the rim a register of dotted circles interspersed with small v-shaped motifs. The rim painted with a black band. The exterior featuring a sequence of vertical double lines departing from the rim and ending just short of the foot, left unglazed.

Vessels painted under a coloured glaze fully developed during the Seljuq period in Iran. The shapes and motifs closely followed those of other ceramic wares, the difference being the technique of decorating in black under a transparent blue glaze. Yet in this case the affinity with contemporary lustre ware is evident in the choice of the figurative motif painted in the cavetto. A single human figure, fully dressed and seated amidst foliage scrolls was indeed one of the most successful motifs employed in lustreware and here reproduced under a beautiful transparent blue glaze. The choice of decoration and the technique employed would suggest a mid 13th century dating for this beautiful bowl.

For comparable examples see: G. Fehervari, Ceramics of the Islamic World, 2003: pp.109- 129. Bowl, underglaze-painted ware. Composite white fritware coated with a light blue glazed and the decoration was painted in black under the transparent glaze. At the base inside a large round medallion a sitting young female figure is depicted against scroll ground. Below the rim a narrow register runs around with series of black roundels, while the rim is painted black. Outside there are double vertical black filets running down from the rim. Iran, 13th century. Prof. Geza Fehervari Prof. Geoffrey King

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