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Bowl Fragment with Figural Designs

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Bowl Fragment with Figural Designs


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
14th century

Medium & Support
earthenware with glaze

3 1/2 in. x 15 13/16 in. x 8 in. ( 8.89 cm x 40.13 cm x 20.32 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
The border decoration can be attributed to Sultanabad wares based on comparisons to other bowls in the Schmidt collection from the same region. The figural decoration and overall designs are also similar. The bowl may be of Kashan origin based on the style and appearance of "spotted beasts" which are common to 13th century Kashan bowls. The star motifs resemble Kashan painted tiles. Furthermore, the features and form of the figure on the bowl fragment point to Kashan artistic styles. It may also reflect influence of Il-Khanid manuscript painting, such as Rashid al din illustrations. Bowls from the Keir collection and Reitlinger's Sultanabad draw stylistic similarities. The exact dates are unknown but a general 14th century date is attributed. 

Physical Description
This fragment of a Mongol Islamic bowl comes from 14th century Iran. The side design features a kneeling person with a bottle, while the side panels have leopards and floral decoration. 
Colors included are cobalt, turquoise, green, and dark geen-gray on a cream-tan ground. The fragment is about one-third of the original bowl.


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Il-Khanid painting styles
Il-Khanid pottery styles
Islamic (culture or style)
Mongol (Iranian Islamic)
Sultanabad ware
bowls (vessels)
ceramic ware (visual works)

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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